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Waddington Parish Public Meeting - 27 Jun 2006

BBEG attend the Waddington Parish Public Meeting in support of our colleagues at WASBO (Waddington Against the [Lincoln] Southern Bypass Option)

DID WE WITNESS MARTIN HILL LISTENING TO THE PUBLIC OF WADDINGTON?
He agrees to carry out further comparative investigations on the John Marriott 'Option 3' route ...

Members of the BBEG attended the meeting held on 27th June 2006 at 7.30pm in Waddington Village Hall to support our colleagues at Waddington, in trying to get Lincolnshire County Council to listen to voices of reason.

Robert Fisher and Ted Brooks from the BBEG were also accompanied by Jan Parkin of the BBPG to hear the views of the elected Councillor for Waddington, Cllr Christine Talbot, differ from those Executive Councillors who are trying to press ahead with Option 2C - the Lincoln Southern bypass route destined to go right through Waddington village.


A packed village hall at Waddington

The meeting was attended by Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, together with Cllr William Webb, Executive Member for Highways, Richard Wills, LCC Director of Development, Cllr Christine Talbot LCC Councillor for Waddington, and associated transport and legal staff including Andrew Finch of Jacobs Babtie and John Whylde Project Manager LSB. Staff from RAF Waddington also attended, and confirmed that they have "no formal objection" to whichever route LCC choose, but did add later in the meeting in response to a question from the public that "the route through Waddington was their least preferred choice".


Lincolnshire County Council representatives hear the views of the public once again

A lot of questions and comments were put to Lincolnshire County Council including issues such as "quality of life in Waddington", subsidence of properties in the area if the hill is drained and the placement of reports on the LCC website PRIOR to any public consultation to allow enough time to prepare any questions that may arise.

Lincolnshire County Council made comments which included that Boston's case was different as LCC have never applied for funding for a bypass, a discretionary purchase policy has to be in place before the preferred route is declared (which will have implications and repercussions elsewhere too), the bypass "might never happen" but if it does the preferred route seems to be through Waddington and a statement that the Government requires "different transport solutions" to be investigated if only one route is put forward, rather than investigating different routes.

Robert Fisher stated that Cllr Christine Talbot was elected by the people of Waddington to represent them and it was clear that she was against the suggested route through Waddington. Robert commented that Cllr Webb had stated several times during the evening that the LCC Executive were the ones who made the decisions and asked, that since we live in a democracy, who appointed the membership of the Executive? Cllr Hill confirmed that, in the same way that the Prime Minister appoints a Cabinet, he, as Leader, was the one who appointed Councillors to the Executive.

Increasing calls from the public led to Martin Hill agreeing to investigate further the comparisons suggested at the meeting.

The discretionary purchase policy is due to go to the Highways PDG meeting in September 2006 in preparation for yet another Executive decision.

July sees the long awaited public consultation by Lincolnshire County Council with the people of Boston regarding the Transport Study findings (to be held on Saturday July 15th and Wednesday July 19th in a specially erected marquee in the Market Place, Boston). Click here to see the comments made by the BBEG about LCC's public consultation in the Boston Target on 28 June 2006.

Thank you to Waddington Parish Council and WASBO for their hospitality - you can follow their campaign in more detail on their website: www.wasbo.org.uk


Will further comparative investigations now be forthcoming as stated by Cllr Martin Hill
at the meeting?

 

Boston Bypass & Economic Growth Pressure Group (BBEG)
27 June 2006

 

In The News
The BBEG's comments appeared in the Boston Target again this week under the headline "Roads study on its way (like the town traffic, it's been held up)".

The BBEG stated, "At the public meeting held in November 2004 about Boston's dire traffic situation, one of the most over-whelming comments made by the public was that something needed to be done about the number of traffic lights in the town. Richard Wills later stated at the meeting with the Leaders of both Councils that, "he knows best" and "the traffic lights are here to stay". How can one such individual have so much authority in the County and make such a final statement?".
28 June 2006
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Observations of a Coach Driver
Ted Brooks states, "Lincolnshire is the worst county that I drive in and I have lived there all my life ... There is very little chance to overtake safely. Even some existing wider roads are being made single file by planting concrete kerbs and bollards in the middle of the road. Is that safer?"

"What Lincoln wants, Lincoln gets. What Boston needs, Lincoln forgets."
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