WESTON PARISH COUNCIL: Questions over plans for busy junction changes
Plans to alter a busy road junction in Weston after a serious crash there have been conditionally backed, but doubts still remain.
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) is in talks with villagers and landowner about what to do at the Beggars Bush Lane/Broadgate junction where a motorcyclist was injured two weeks ago.
The motorcyclist was taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, after a collision with a car turning out of Broadgate at about 10am on Tuesday, June 19.
During a meeting in Weston on Monday, parish councillors voted five to one, with one abstention, to accept LRSP's proposal to change traffic flows at the junction.
John Siddle, of LRSP, said: "We do have some outline plans for that junction and there has been a number of proposals as to how it is dealt with.
"However, we are still in consultation with residents and landowners so I am unable to give a definitive answer at this stage as to what the final layout will be.
"But we are still working on it and hope to release the exact details of the new layout when it is finalised."
Beggars Bush Lane has been regarded as a short cut used by drivers to get from Weston, Weston Hills and Moulton to the A151 and A16.
Coun Chris Dicks, parish council vice chairman, said: "There was a serious accident at the junction in June which adds to what we've been going on about for the last two years.
"This is a particularly nasty junction but the landowners have refused to cooperate, despite one of them saying that the problem has been going on for over 20 years."
But despite most parish councillors backing LRSP's plans, Coun Dicks spoke of "deep-lying concerns" about the junction and the knock-on effect of any changes to it.
Coun Janet Bellamy, who abstained from voting, said: "What this is going to do is to move the problem of bad behaviour on the road somewhere else.
"It's short-sightedness and all it's doing is putting sticky plasters on a moving problem."