Market Deeping traffic lights scheme is scrapped

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Plans to install traffic lights along a road in Market Deeping have been scrapped after a campaign against them.

Lincolnshire County Council had been due install the £900,000 lights in Godsey Lane at the roundabout to Tesco and further along the road at the entrance to Hardwicke Gardens estate, paid for by developers Persimmon Homes.

However new plans show that all seven sets of lights in the original plan have been dropped and the existing Tesco roundabout retained.

A controlled pedestrian crossing has been suggested, possibly located between Black Prince Avenue and Glebe View.

Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Phil Dilks, who campaigned against the lights said: “This is a huge victory for people power in the Deepings.

“I am very pleased this nonsense scheme has been scrapped.”

Managing director for Persimmon Homes East Midlands, Adrian Evans, said: “We have met with Lincolnshire County Council and put forward an alternative junction arrangement scheme for the development.” 
“We are yet to hear back formally from the Council on these simplified proposals, but can confirm that the original traffic light plans scheme has been deferred indefinitely.”

Head of highways for Lincolnshire County Council Brian Thompson said: “We’ve agreed some revised proposals with Persimmon Homes and are consulting Market Deeping Town Council and Deeping St James Parish Council to seek their views.

“The next step after this will be to approach South Kesteven District Council with a view to amending the existing planning consent.”