Roundabout plan for St Leonard’s Street in Stamford

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HIGHWAYS chiefs are planning to put a mini-roundabout at a busy junction.

Lincolnshire County Council is planning the roundabout at the junction of St Leonard’s Street and Brazenose Lane in Stamford.

They also intend to reduce the width of the road in St Leonard’s Street on the approach to the roundabout and widen the pavements there.

The scheme is part of plans for a “community travel zone” which aims to improve road and pedestrian safety and cut the number of car journeys made.

But the plans came under fire from Stamford Town Council.

Councillors said that the plans for the narrowing the road, which is one of the major routes into the town, would create traffic problems.

Speaking at the meeting Coun Bob Sandall (Ind) said: “Narrowing the road is going to cause a hell of a lot of trouble.”

Town councillors were asked to respond to the proposals by Friday, August 12, but members are asking for an extension to that deadline so that they could discuss it at another meeting.

Coun Clem Walden (Ind) said he supported the mini roundabout. But he said narrowing the road would not help traffic in that area and called for the matter to be deferred.

Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) gave a report of a meeting he had with highways officer Adam Freear two weeks ago.

He said that the county council was looking to remove some yellow lines in St Leonard’s Street and to make eight parking spaces.

In a statement to the Mercury, the county council said the scheme was drawn up in response to consultation with people in Stamford.

The county council’s senior project leader Les Outram, said: “Our community travel zone schemes aim to reduce car use for local journeys through improving and promoting pedestrian, cycle and public transport networks.

“An integral part of this is working closely with schools, businesses, representative bodies and community groups.

“We invited local stake-holders including residents and the town council to get involved and have their say, voting for their top preferences.

“It makes sense to carry out this work at the same time as resurfacing and repair work that’s being carried out in October.”

Other completed community travel zone projects include traffic measures in Kesteven Road.