Stamford Town Council to hold public meeting on relief road

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A MEETING has been called to discuss the need for a relief road and second town bridge in Stamford.

Town councillors want people to go to the town hall on Monday night for discussions on whether the idea should be pursued.

At a meeting on Tuesday, councillors said they believed a bypass was essential for the town.

Now they would like to hear residents’ views on whether a relief road and bridge are needed and where they should be located.

Coun Maureen Jalili (LibDem) said: “We don’t want to stop people passing through and seeing our shops and stopping off in the town, but we want to stop lorries coming through and causing damage and reduce the amount of traffic there is.

“And we only have one river crossing. We have got to come up with a suggestion, but some form of relief road is essential.

“It’s important we send something into South Kesteven District Council and soon.”

The town centre already has a 7.5 ton weight restriction but Coun Max Sawyer (Ind) said more was needed to be done.

He said: “We still want people driving through to see our shops but we don’t want the congestion. And although there is a ban, heavy goods lorries still go through the town and cause damage. A relief road and second crossing needs to be discussed because something has to be done.”

But Coun John Dawson (Ind) had reservations about a relief road.

He said: “The problem is that we have a public school in the town. It’s gridlocked when the school is opening and closing but quiet at most other times.

“We have to be careful that we are not throwing the baby away with the bath water.

“I also believe the plans will be faced with strong opposition from English Heritage because the road will pass by Burghley Park.”

Plans for a relief road were first drawn up in 1988 for a route to join the A16 Uffington Road with the A6121 Ryhall Road. Three years ago Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce lost a High Court battle challenging South Kesteven District Council’s decision to axe the plan from its Local Development Framework.

President of the chamber Tim Lee said this week: “The chamber has wanted a relief road for the last 10 or 12 years.

“If nothing is done I fear the traffic congestion will get worse and the town will be gridlocked by 2014.”

If residents support the idea on Monday it will be included in the town plan being put together by the town council.

The plan looks at issues such as housing, health, education, transport, sports and leisure, employment and business, and retail. It highlights what the council would like to be done by 2026.

It is sent to both South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council, which are asked to take the town council’s views on board,

The meeting will take place after the Harry Skells Trust meeting which starts at 7pm on Monday at the town hall in St Mary’s Hill.