Spalding Guardian letters
Anything that helps road safety is a good idea
Regarding Community Speed Watch programmes, I have raised with Lincs Road Safety police previously that we have major problems here in my home town of Bourne.
I am a driving instructor and clock up over 30,000 miles a year in surrounding areas of Grantham, Spalding, Boston and Peterborough.
There are two main problems that we regularly experience in Bourne. The first is speeding over the 30mph maximum speed limit. The other is failing to give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings.
Anything that helps the cause with road safety is a good idea in my mind and I certainly would be happy to assist voluntarily.
Owner of Big Tom Driving School
Desperate to bring speeds down in town
I think Community Speed Watch is an excellent idea. I moved to Bourne in July 2012 after living in Norwich for over 50 years. I was also a former driving instructor in Norwich.
Within a few days of having moved to Bourne, the biggest disappointment for my wife and I was the constant excessive speeding.
In Cherry Holt Road the majority of drivers will always drive well in excess of 30mph and in many cases over 50mph. When driving along Cherry Holt Road I nearly always will have cars virtually sitting on my rear bumper and wanting to overtake and giving me rude gestures when I turn off.
Also, in Willoughby Road the majority of drivers regularly exceed 30mph, constantly accelerating hard until a few yards before the junction with Cherry Holt Road.
Having spoken on this subject with a number local people at different times, I was surprised to learn that the majority didn’t know the street lighting rule and therefore didn’t know that the speed limit was only 30mph throughout Bourne.
There are very few speed limit signs around Bourne but we have two large 30mph signs (totally wasted) at one of the exits on a roundabout on the outskirts of Bourne which just leads to an open field.
Last week I witnessed the most dangerous driving yet in Bourne (and I have seen many acts of dangerous driving since 2012). I feel the need to join forces to speak to the council before someone is seriously injured or killed.
This latest appalling event happened outside my house in Willoughby Road. Driving along Willoughby Road towards Cherry Holt Road, I indicated right well in advance as I was about to turn right into my driveway.
As a former instructor, having constantly checked my mirrors, I was aware that there were three cars behind me. As I was at the crown of the road and about to enter my driveway I could see that the third car had decided to overtake the car behind me and my car.
I blasted my horn to warn the driver but had to do an emergency stop as the female driver ignored my warning and came bombing past. To make matters worse the fourth car decided to do exactly the same.
I wonder how many other drivers in my situation would have checked their mirror before turning right into their driveway in a 30 mph speed limit. If I had not seen her and stopped I would have had the first car ploughing into my driver’s door (and me) followed by the other car impacting into the back of her car and me.
I should add that they were both accelerating hard as they came past with the T junction of Cherry Holt, only a short distance away.
We are desperate to bring the driving speed down around our town and I believe the only way of achieving this is with fines and points.
Frustrated by lack of charging facilities
Regarding your story about electric vehicle charging points, most battery electric vehicle (BEV) owners charge at home but there are a growing number who do not have off road or garage parking.
These people really do need facilities for charging their vehicles. I own a BEV and am frustrated by the lack of charging facilities in many places I would like to visit.
There are very few in the Peak District, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales for instance. There are a lot of reasons to come to this area but I am sure many BEV drivers are put off by the lack of rapid charging facilities.
As to how to police charge points, they need to be really distinctive bays so that there can be no mistaking their official use. Secondly, there are systems that can recognise individual vehicles, providing the ability to fine those who overstay their charge time.
Plus there needs to be an official who can affix fixed penalty notices to internal combustion vehicles using spaces that are specifically for BEVs.
Lastly, plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) should not be allowed to charge at rapid charging stations as they are able to accept high rates of charge.
We need to get this right
No doubt I’ll get shot down here but as is so often the case, real experience shows the difference between what should happen and what actually does.
We have a wonderful new medical facility in the Spalding Johnson Hospital with kind and efficient staff but it seems that neither the public nor some local surgery staff understand exactly what services are available there or how to access them.
I’ve recently been informed of incidents where patients have been referred to main hospital casualty units unnecessarily, possibly to avoid them being referred upwards when problems may be be beyond the ability of Johnson.
It’s wise to be on the safe side but clearly every case is different. Our major hospitals are already struggling and can be hard and expensive to access for rural and elderly people.
To take one example, exactly what are ‘minor injuries’. No doubt that and other information is available if you dig for it but not everyone can use Google or websites.
Please may I ask that both the hospital and local surgeries talk to each other and to local politicians more and that the hospital keeps residents informed of how they can help in the case of minor emergencies.
It’s important we get this right now, before the huge proposed local building projects are completed, the population grows and demand for services significantly increase.
Coun Paul Foyster
Merry Christmas and thanks for support
I just wanted to write a short letter to wish all the residents of Holbeach a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year in 2019.
This year Holbeach has seen some wonderful events, with the calendar growing year on year, enjoyed by so many of us. The town has also benefited from some great new businesses joining us, so there is yet even more choice for shoppers in the town and some ideal last minute Christmas gifts available too.
I would also like to say thank you. As many of you know mum has been in hospital and very seriously ill in the later part of this year. We have been inundated with such lovely supportive messages, from friends but also from many residents who have met mum at various events I have organised or attended. Mum is doing really well now, but myself, mum and sister thank you for all of the well wishes you have offered us.
District Councillor for Holbeach