BBEG members attend Highways
PDG meeting at LCC - 15 May 2006
Highways PDG Meeting
Michael Borrill and Robert Fisher attended
the Highways PDG Meeting at Lincolnshire County Council
on 15 May 2006. As members of the public, they were
only able to listen to what was being discussed and
were not able to comment or participate in the meeting
Elaine Turner, Clients Services Manager,
Lincolnshire County Council, showed a presentation to
the meeting about the processes that have to be gone
through in developing and obtaining funding for any
major road scheme.
Once again, this included the following
it takes 5 to 10 years for a major road scheme
to progress through the system;
the Government keep changing their procedures
to apply for funding for a road scheme;
the Regional Assembly now holds the funding,
which is shared between 6 Counties and the Highways Agency
- less money therefore available for Lincolnshire;
if we cannot show any regional benefit, then
there is no hope for a road infrastructure;
only two major road schemes are to be put
forward in the 2nd Local Transport Plan.
(Boston was not one of them.)
Elaine stated that LCC would, "rigorously identify needs
and possible solutions", in accordance with the Route Management
Study data information and they, "may identify
one of the solutions" for implementation.
There were some interesting conversations and comments
made by those present at the meeting, which included
Cllr Richard Austin posed the following questions/comments:
1. Is Lincolnshire represented on the Regional East
2. Boston's population is rising and has reached almost
60,000 - there is no other town in Lincolnshire of that
size that doesn't have an outer ring road? The route
of such a road needs to be reserved.
3. Funding from other sources needs to be investigated.
Portfolio Holder Cllr William Webb, despite stating
that there was a "political will" to find a solution
to Boston's traffic problems, went on to announce that his Executive
Decision to press ahead with their chosen route for the Lincoln
Southern bypass, which had been called-in, was confirmed that
it would in fact proceed by the Scrutiny Management Committee.
Some further interesting points/comments that
came out of the meeting were:
The A1073 is split into two regions - East
Midlands funding and schedule was currently for a 2007 start,
whereas East of England region funding and schedule would
not be until 2011;
Funding from Developer Contributions, European
Grants and County Council's own funds would need to be further
"Government policy demonstrates a reluctance
to implement the building of roads - it is not a high priority";
A closed meeting had been held with the few
people affected directly by the routing of the Lincoln Southern
bypass through Waddington - some Councillors had raised concerns
at this fact;
The general issue of blight was discussed
and Cllr Webb stated he was in a dilemma over issues concerning
noise both during construction of a road and after opening,
loss of value of a property, or for health reasons (asthma
and tinnitus specifically), as this would set a precedent
for the Council if an issue was made over the Waddington case,
affecting everything from roads to schools, recycling centres,
Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
15 May 2006
Front Page News!
BBEG member Ted Brooks made the front page of the Boston
Standard on 12 April 2006, commenting about LCC's placement
of 10 temporary speed humps in South Street.
Ted stated, "The situation was just stupid."
Steve Willis, LCC, admitted, "The intention was
to slow traffic in that area, but we (the County Council)
didn't anticipate the level of congestion."
12 April 2006