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The frightening incident I saw in Spalding town centre must be a final warning



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Something has got to happen soon in Spalding town centre before someone is hurt - as one shocking incident I witnessed on Friday proved.

Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire County Council need to stop passing the buck and finally do something to sort the frequently-flouted pedestrian zone - which should stop drivers from using Market Place and Hall Place between 10am and 4pm.

This rule has become an increasing source of conflict between pedestrians and motorists and is a danger to all.

An aggressive driver tried to force Sandra Morgan out of the way in a shocking incident that shows why change is needed
An aggressive driver tried to force Sandra Morgan out of the way in a shocking incident that shows why change is needed

We have all seen cars using Market Place during the day - this newspaper has also carried pictures of vehicles travelling the wrong way from New Road to Market Place. But nothing ever seems to happen.

I witnessed a particularly nasty incident on Friday when a van driver tried to force a group of pedestrians - who were conducting a peaceful protest against the ignored rule - to move out of the way (see right). He drove right up close and only stopped when one of the pedestrians bravely sat down in front of the vehicle - before having an aggressive confrontation with the group.

I’ll be honest, I was a little frightened by the whole thing.

Spalding Market Place, where the traffic rules are widely ignored
Spalding Market Place, where the traffic rules are widely ignored

The Rev John Bennett- part of the group - has also refused to move for vehicles in the past and we have also heard a story recently of one driver tracking down a family in a shop to moan that they allowed their child to walk in the road in Market Place.

“What about them?” Friday’s van driver said as he pointed out to several cars parked up in the Market Place. Two wrongs do not make a right as the old saying goes.

But he did make one good point - there are no gates or barriers to show that this is a pedestrian area.

There is a sign at the entrance to the pedestrian zone in Broad Street but everyone seems to ignore that.

Whether it is a historic thing harping back to when cars were allowed in the Market Place or not - drivers are just not getting the message and something stronger needs to be done before someone is hurt. It nearly happened last week - let this be the final warning.



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