Bourne woman’s anger at road closure plans

Roadwaorks South Road, Bourne EMN-151125-205735009
Roadwaorks South Road, Bourne EMN-151125-205735009
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A woman has branded plans to close her road for resurfacing “ridiculous”, claiming up to 300 cars will be forced to park elsewhere for a day.

Lincolnshire County Council is currently carrying out repair works in South Road, Coggles Causeway and Great Northern Gardens in Bourne.

The work has been going on for some time, and four-way traffic lights have been in place.

After some delays due to uncharted pipes and cables, the work is due to end this month. But Sarah Atkinson, of Great Northern Gardens, has taken issue with the council’s plan to close her road for resurfacing on Sunday, December 13.

She said: “All the residents can’t use their vehicles or have to be out of the road by 7.30am, and can’t come back until gone 4.30pm. Where are those people going to park their vehicles in the meantime?

“It’s ridiculous. Why can’t they close one side of the road and allow access? It’s just one day but it’s not on. Where are 300 vehicles going to park?”

Geoff Page, senior engineer at the county council, said: “Unfortunately the contractor on site has encountered problems with uncharted underground utilities including gas mains and electric cables, some of which were much nearer the surface than the information provided had suggested. This has caused delays with the entire works on the A15.

“It’s progressing well now, but it will be necessary to close the road for one day on Sunday, December 13, to complete the resurfacing. As the road is relatively narrow, a full closure will be necessary to ensure the safety of the workforce and the public.

“Access for all local residents will be maintained during the work, but we apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused. Pedestrian access will also be maintained.

“If weather conditions are good we hope to complete the works in less than a day. Once the resurfacing is completed, the road should be in a good condition and not require major works for up to 20 years.

“I’d like to thank local residents for their patience while the works have been ongoing.”

To see live updates on roadworks in your area visit www.roadworks.org.