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Poor condition of B1166 in Shepeau Stow blamed on 'long, hot summer' as villager calls for further repairs




The "long, hot summer" has been blamed for the deteriorating state of a road linking Crowland to Shepeau Stow.

Villager David Barfoot is trying to put pressure on county highways officers to repair the B1166 Hull's Drove which he described as "very dangerous and falling to pieces".

Mr Barfoot said: "Seven weeks ago, the road was shut for six days in order to repair and resurface it.

David Barfoot, of Shepeau Stow. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090917-219TW.
David Barfoot, of Shepeau Stow. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090917-219TW.

"Further along the B1166 and towards the A16, the road was also filled in.

"But cracks have opened again, leaving the road unsafe with gaps which are at least six inches wide.

"Also, the road is dropping either side so it throws you all over the place.

"Will anyone take notice because the B1166 is an accident waiting to happen?"

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We are beginning to see the effects that the long, hot summer has had on the roads.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We are beginning to see the effects that the long, hot summer has had on the roads.

"Certain low-lying areas of the county are starting to show signs of drought damage which is what is happening on the B1166.

"We have recently completed temporary repairs so that people can continue to use the road safely and we are in the process of putting up some additional warning signs.

"This year, we are investing around £40millin in highways maintenance and are currently compiling a list of sites where drought damage is affecting the network, prioritising these for future works.

£In the meantime, we will continue to inspect and monitor the situation on a regular basis and carry out any temporary repairs when required."



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