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Traffic survey requested by Weston Parish Council after fears over drivers and villagers' safety at junction of Austendyke Road and Broadgate




Fears have emerged about a road junction in Weston Hills where a car crashed into a wall earlier this year.

A traffic survey is to be carried at the junction of Austendyke Road and Broadgate in response to complaints about drivers losing control of their vehicles and ending up in villagers' gardens.

In January, a drink driver hit a parked car in Austendyke Road then careered across the road before going through the wall of a house and into a bedroom.

Coun Chris Dicks and villagers concerned about safety at the Austendyke Road/Broadgate junction in Weston Hills. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-250519-039MF
Coun Chris Dicks and villagers concerned about safety at the Austendyke Road/Broadgate junction in Weston Hills. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-250519-039MF

Stella Cummins (75), who lives near the junction, said: "The two roads meet on a bend and the traffic coming along Broadgate, from Weston, stop at the crossroads where a 'Give Way' sign is situated.

"But the view of drivers is obscured because of the bend, a former blacksmith's workshop and a cottage next to it.

"If people keep to the speed limit of 40mph on Austendyke Road it's not so bad.

"But if vehicles are parked outside the blacksmith's, drivers who are speeding along Austendyke Road won't have enough time to pull out of a collision with vehicles turning out of Broadgate."

A traffic survey is to be carried out at the junction of Austendyke Road and Broadgate, Weston Hills, after a request by Weston Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050618153
A traffic survey is to be carried out at the junction of Austendyke Road and Broadgate, Weston Hills, after a request by Weston Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050618153

According to the website crashmap.co.uk, there have been four collisions at the junction in the last ten years, not including the one in January.

One of them involved a silver Audi Estate and a grey Nissan in August 2012.

Mrs Cummins said: "The traffic coming along Austendyke Road, from Spalding, are usually involved in an accident with drivers pulling out of Broadgate.

Coun Chris Dicks, chairman of Weston Parish Council, and villagers at the Austendyke Road/Broadgate junction in Weston Hills where a car spun off the road and crashed into a bungalow in January 2019.. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-250519-041MF
Coun Chris Dicks, chairman of Weston Parish Council, and villagers at the Austendyke Road/Broadgate junction in Weston Hills where a car spun off the road and crashed into a bungalow in January 2019.. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-250519-041MF

"We've had that many accidents here in recent years when cars have left the road and gone into people's hedges.

"So any safety measures, such as reducing the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, would be a good idea.

"People here are getting really upset and concerned because if anyone is out in their front garden, there's the possibility that the next accident could prove fatal."

A gathering of concerned villagers, with Weston Parish Council chairman Coun Chris Dicks, at the junction of Austendyke Road and Broadgate, Weston Hills. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG250519-040MF
A gathering of concerned villagers, with Weston Parish Council chairman Coun Chris Dicks, at the junction of Austendyke Road and Broadgate, Weston Hills. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG250519-040MF

A Weston Parish Council spokesman said: "Several residents of Weston Hills attended our meeting this month to raise their concerns about the safety of the junction because of the speed of traffic approaching it.

"Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has been contacted and it has agreed to carry out a traffic survey."



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