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Call for council to help fund Tallington bridge

Campaigner Ken Otter at Tallington level crossing. Photo: MSMP030214-005am

Campaigner Ken Otter at Tallington level crossing. Photo: MSMP030214-005am

A campaigner is trying to put last-minute pressure on councillors to make funds available for a bridge and bypass over a level crossing.

Ken Otter spent the early part of this week at Tallingon level crossing encouraging motorists to sign up to an online petition. The petition calls for Lincolnshire County Council to make money for a bypass available in this year’s budget.

Mr Otter has been campaigning for a bridge over the railway line for years. He believes the council can find £4.6m in its reserves to help Network Rail build the bridge and pay for a link road to create a bypass around the village.

Mr Otter said: “Everyone I have spoken to today has said it is about time. It has been going on for far too long.

“Lincolnshire County Council are the only ones that can help by budgeting for some money towards the bridge.”

The council’s executive will discuss this year’s budget at a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday). Councillors are keen to freeze tax rates and accept a grant from the Government of £2.567m. Recommendations from tomorrow’s meeting will be passed on to full council for a final decision on February 21.

Mr Otter wants as many people as possible to sign his petition before tomorrow’s meeting. He believes if enough people have their say, councillors will have to consider changing the budget to include the bridge project.

More than 150 people have so far signed up. Visit http://epetitionslincolnshire.firmstep.com/petitions/pass-tallington-level-crossing-now to view the petition.

 

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