Plea to Spalding residents to back 'save our homes' fight
Bourne Road residents are pleading with people across Spalding to back their battle to save nine family homes from the bulldozers.
A county council consultation on the line of Spalding Western Relief Road closes on Friday, March 8.
Catherine and Frank Roberts, who 20 years ago spent £300,000 building their “forever home”, are urging townspeople to complete a questionnaire - and suggest an alternative route to end residents’ nightmares.
At a public meeting in Spalding, county council executive member for highways Richard Davies promised: “If the vast majority of people don’t want roads knocking down houses we will make sure it doesn’t happen.”
Two possible routes in a so-called protected corridor are highlighted, and whichever one is chosen will see homes demolished.
The Roberts say there will be no winners, only losers, on Bourne Road.
Catherine says there are 38 Bourne Road homes in the protected corridor, and she is canvassing them all.
But she feels support from people living in other parts of Spalding would further strengthen their case.
She said: “I don’t think people actually realise the impact of this. Another day, another time, it may be somebody else who needs support - who knows?”
Frank and Catherine learned from a neighbour that their home could be bulldozed- and not from the county or district councils who drew up the new local plan.
Many were alerted by district and county councillor Angela Newton, who dropped leaflets through doors.
One resident told us Coun Newton had been “amazing”, saying without her no one would have known that their homes could be demolished.
She said: “Angela has taken the time to arrange meetings and discuss the intended roads and comfort and support some of the very concerned residents who still haven’t heard from the highways department.”
Coun Newton hopes to see support from Spalding people for those who may lose their homes. She backs a previously published route that passed through allotments and says: “No houses should be knocked down.”
*Paper copies of the questionnaire are available from Coun Newton on 07939 559764 or go online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/major-projects/spalding-western-relief-road/
You can also click here to go the council survey page.
Residents were alarmed when they heard bombshell news that their homes could be bulldozed and we featured 85-year-old Don Churchman in a front page story when he said losing his home would kill him.
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