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U-turn on plans to bulldoze homes for Relief Road?

A re-think on where the central section of the Spalding Western Relief Road will be built has been announced, possibly sparing homes on Bourne Road from being bulldozed.

Lincolnshire County Council has come in for widespread criticism after residents felt they weren’t properly consulted over the new proposed route which left some residents unsure of whether it would depose their homes.

But the authority released a statement embargoed until 12.01am this morning (Tuesday) to say it was going to reconsider the route.

The statement says: “Lincolnshire County Council will be looking at a fresh set of options following ongoing discussions with residents over the central section of the Spalding Western Relief Road.

“The decision also follows from the results of last month’s survey, which found the following

  • 39% (234) preferred a western alignment
  • 37% (227) preferred an alternative option
  • 24% (146) preferred an eastern alignment

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We have listened to the views of residents and are now moving ahead with a further study that will look at a number of options for the road’s central section. This will include the previous allotments route and a route further to the west.

“Once the study is complete, we’ll use the information in it, along with the feedback we’ve received over recent months, to make an informed and fair decision about where the new road will go.

“We will keep residents informed of the study’s progress and expect the process to take about four months to complete.

 “This means a decision on the most appropriate option will be made this summer.”

For the full survey, visit  

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