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Spalding Guardian letters: Relief road to Brexit


By Spalding Today Letters


Residents have shared concerns about relief road

Over recent weeks, many Spalding residents have shared their views, opinions and concerns with me about our initial route proposals for the middle sections of the new Spalding Western Relief Road.

I have taken these very seriously and, therefore, have made the decision to look again at the proposed route of the central section.

Richard Davies speaking at a public meeting in Spalding days after residents learned their homes could be bulldozed.
Richard Davies speaking at a public meeting in Spalding days after residents learned their homes could be bulldozed.

Our ambition as a county council is to avoid the need to affect any houses, so I’ve instructed consultants to prepare a study looking at a number of additional options, including the previous allotments route and a route further to the west.

Because this is a very sensitive subject, I’ve asked that the study be finished as quickly as possible – ideally, by the summer.

Once the study is complete, we will use that information, along with feedback we've received over recent months, to make an informed and fair decision about where the new road will go.

The decision to carry out this study was made following from the results of February's survey, which found the following that 39% (234) of people preferred a western alignment; 37% (227) preferred an alternative option; and 24% (146) preferred an eastern alignment

As this study process progresses, we intend to keep people fully informed as and when new information is available.

Coun Richard Davies

Executive Member for Highways

Lincolnshire County Council

Our cartoonist's take on the news.
Our cartoonist's take on the news.

Brexit: Rhetoric is only guide

It’s all well and good protesting MP behaviour when they don’t appear to represent the opinions of their electorate, but how do you come to that conclusion?

Despite extensive searching, I can find not a single reference to any MP’s voting history.

Other than broad generalities, we don’t have a clue how they vote, so can only trust their rhetoric – and we all know how far from the truth that can be.

Given the monumental level of incompetence displayed by our leaders over many years, plus certain Conservative MPs currently putting party before country, and an opposition that is embroiled in an ongoing anti-Semitic scandal and regularly puts woefully unprepared spokespeople in front of the media, we appear to be doomed to mediocre and secretive representation, no-matter who.

As to our ancestors who served on the front line... mine would be turning in their graves for comparing their sacrifice with a bloodless squabble over which club we should belong to.

That comparison should offend all who lost relatives in military conflicts.

Enough of this emotional and philosophical claptrap.

We need to see a precise, unambiguous and independently verified definition of how our standard and cost of living will be impacted.

Then we have another referendum… Fat chance.

There are simply too many people that want to prevent us making informed decision – hide the implications of leaving the EU.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Andrew MacDonald

via Email

This picture of a grey squirrel enjoying a nut was sent in by Malcolm Pepper. The shot featured in our READERS' PICTURES spot, sponsored by Veena Cornish Photography.
This picture of a grey squirrel enjoying a nut was sent in by Malcolm Pepper. The shot featured in our READERS' PICTURES spot, sponsored by Veena Cornish Photography.

How is MP still in post?


I can’t believe that Nick Boles claims he is still ‘our’ MP after his performance in Parliament on April 1.

It was no April Fools’ joke.

If he has received ‘many overwhelmingly positive emails, letters and messages’, he’s been living in a different world to me.

I copy below the email I sent to him on April 1:

Your resignation from the Conservative Party.

I am a lifelong Conservative Party supporter, and was a party member for a short time, in Lancashire and Cheshire.

My work brought me to Cambridgeshire, where John Major was my MP, and to Lincolnshire, where I voted for you.

Since you feel that you can no longer support the Conservative Party, I trust that you will immediately resign as an MP, to force a by-election.

It would be totally dishonourable of you to accept your salary as an MP, when not representing the people who elected you.

What is your comment on my observations, and are you prepared to go public on this email?

If not, I will.

David Howarth

Bourne



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