District council backs northern and southern sections of Spalding Western Relief Road
The first two sections of a controversial £100million relief road for Spalding won the backing of South Holland's planning committee last night (Wednesday).
The district council is only a consultee in the planning process but the committee's recommendations will go before county council leaders on June 4.
The southern section, linking Spalding Common with a 2,250-home development at Holland Park, won unanimous backing from the planning committee - while the northern section at Pinchbeck was also approved.
The result of that vote was given as 14-1 but the 1 turned out to be Coun Harry Drury's abstention.
The sections have been dubbed "roads to nowhere" because money hasn't been secured to build the middle sections.
There was a packed public gallery at the meeting, with members of SPARR (Spalding Pinchbeck Against the Relief Road) listening to the debate - and half a dozen people watching a webcast in another room.
SPARR members Steve Magenis and Stacey Barneveld-Taylor gave three-minute addresses to the committee.
Mr Magenis, a chartered civil engineer who spoke about the northern section, said there had been inadequate consultation and told councillors: "South Holland District Council should recommend an inclusive and thorough public consultation with Spalding and Pinchbeck residents before the planning application is determined."
But district councillors did not take up his suggestion in their recommendation of approval.
Among the people in the public gallery were residents of Spalding's Bourne Road who are living in fear of their homes being bulldozed when the middle sections of the road are built.