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First formal talks on bulldozer threat to Spalding homes




Spalding residents are being invited to their first formal talks since the bombshell dropped that their homes could be bulldozed

Meetings take place on April 1 and 2 - seven weeks after the county council held its first drop-in session on the middle section of Spalding Western Relief Road.

Some astonished home owners learned at those sessions that their houses could be flattened to make way for the road - but most didn't know until county and district councillor Angela Newton alerted them.

Residents packed a February 20 public meeting called by district and county councillor Angela Newton. (200219-11)
Residents packed a February 20 public meeting called by district and county councillor Angela Newton. (200219-11)

Coun Richard Davies, the county's executive member for highways, who apologised for distress caused by the blunder, has now written to Bourne Road and Horseshoe Road residents within the so-called "safeguarding corridor".

That corridor appears in the local plan and protects an area of land through which the final route might pass - there are yellow and purple lines and either route could see nine homes on Bourne Road demolished.

The green area is the protected corridor - safeguarding the route of the relief road - while the either the yellow or purple line could become the chosen route.
The green area is the protected corridor - safeguarding the route of the relief road - while the either the yellow or purple line could become the chosen route.

The local plan is a development blueprint drawn up by South Holland District Council, the county council and Boston Borough Council.

District and county council officials will attend the meetings on April 1 and 2 but Paul Jackson, the district's executive programme manager for infrastructure and housing, says they will not be open to the wider public or press.

Bourne Road resident Catherine Roberts said the past two weeks have been traumatic for everyonealong the road, and a petition has gone to the county council "collectively advising them we will not vacate our properties".

She said: "We will collectively continue to fight to stop the demolition of homes in the 'safeguarded' area.

"What a ridiculous use of the English language - and, indeed, some thought that meant we were safe."

Residents and Coun Newton want the authorities to revert to a preferred route that went

from Bourne road through allotments but then swept immediately across the fields to Horseshoe Road without the need to knock down homes.

The bold line (left) - Phase 2, Option A - was the original preferred route.
The bold line (left) - Phase 2, Option A - was the original preferred route.

* The public have until Friday to comment on a county council questionnaire at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/major-projects/spalding-western-relief-road

In the Spalding Guardian of February 21, we featured widower Don Churchman (85), who said losing his home would "kill" him.

Bourne Road residents have also appealed to people across Spalding to support their fight.

Days after the news broke, Coun Newton called a public meeting at Bromley Hall in Pode Hole and you can read our reports by clicking here and here.


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