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Moulton Chapel councillor warns that a lorry will end up in a dyke unless Oxcroft Bank is maintained

Warnings have been made that a lorry could end up up in a dyke unless a road is fixed.

Moulton parish councillor Lawrence Wakefield is calling for action to be taken at Oxcroft Bank in Moulton Chapel before it is too late.

The council has been raising the issue with Oxcroft for some time, citing concerns with road slippage, significant dips and overgrown hedges.

Calls have been made to improve Oxcroft Bank in Moulton Chapel
Calls have been made to improve Oxcroft Bank in Moulton Chapel

At last Tuesday’s meeting Coun Wakefield said: “The hedge over the years has become overgrown and there’s 2m of the road missing (because of it) and now bigger vehicles and lorries go across the other side of the road and there is no grass verge.

“Something is going to finish up in the dyke.”

Coun Wakefield said the road is well used by lorries and asked for an update on roadworks planned by Lincolnshire County Council.

Coun Eddy Poll said the highways officers said they would look at the hedges after the bird nesting season.

The council will also be writing to highways to ask for a traffic survey to be done in Moulton following a complaint by a resident.

The villager had contacted new chairman Coun Andrew Woolf to ask if a weight limit could be introduced on the village’s roads after raising concerns that heavy vehicles make their house shake.

Coun Ian Benton said: “I don’t think we have a hope of getting a weight limit in Moulton.

“Have they put the (new speed limit) signs up on the High Road yet? “

Last year the county council agreed to reduce the speed limit running between Whaplode and Weston. The limit between Weston and Moulton will drop from 60pmh to 50mph and the stretch between Moulton and Whaplode from 50mph to 40mph.

l Concerns have also been raised about the blocking of a bridleway in Moulton Chapel.

Coun Dave Sanderson reported that Randalls Bank, which runs from Oxcroft Bank to Jekills Bank, had been blocked off.

The council is also raising this matter with highways.

Grass cutting on play area needs improving

Calls have been made to improve a village play area.

Moulton parish councillor Geoff Cooper raised problems with grass cutting and issues with the play equipment in Moulton Seas End.

Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting, Coun Cooper said: “All of the play equipment has a length of grass around it.

“Grass cutting in the play area is not a patch on the grass cutting in the playing field. “

He also raised an issue with dog walkers using the play area and calls were made for signs to be put up.

Coun Carl Wright said that he had repaired some of the equipment.

He said: “Two of the chairs had broken off. I put them back but this is the last time they will go back in.”

Coun Wright also called for a mirror to be installed closer to the playing field as the site is being used more.

He said: “More people are parking on the road. Is there any chance we can get a mirror on the post opposite the entrance?

“There are more than 40 cars.”

Coun Cooper said: “I was amazed at the number of cars.”

Lorry couldn't wait for farmer to pass

Heavy traffic bound for a development site has been creating concerns for councillors.

Moulton Parish Council have voiced problems with Postland Developments using Woodgate in Moulton Chapel to access its development site.

Work has started to build 58 homes on land off Roman Road, behind the former garage site.

Coun Lawrence Wakefield said he had met a lorry coming down Woodgate.

Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting said: “He couldn’t wait while I got passed and swung out across the pavement onto the forecourt of the community centre.”

The council were told that the developer was allowed to use this entrance onto their site until May 31 and will be monitoring the use after that.

l Members were also told that Moulton Village Hall is hoping to hold its first event later this month.

Like many halls across the country, Moulton has not been open for more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But villagers are hoping to hold a bingo on June 23 if regulations are lifted.

The Government set out its vision to lift all legal restrictions on June 21 under the roadmap. But there are calls to delay this by scientists who are concerned about the Delta variant.

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