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Crash in Church Street, Deeping St James leads to call for traffic calming

Traffic calming is being called for where a car crashed into a house last week.

The crash, late on Wednesday last week (April 21), was the second to strike at Vicky Waterland’s home in Deeping St James.

Her Church Street property Waterton Arms pub was first hit by a vehicle in August 2019.

Asecond car crashed into a family home in Church Street, Deeping St James
Asecond car crashed into a family home in Church Street, Deeping St James

Having received a visit from representatives of Lincolnshire County Council, including Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways, Vicky says she was ‘disappointed’ by the suggestion that options such as chicanes will not be considered.

“I was told they can’t put in traffic calming because Church Street is a main route through the village. I don’t understand that; they have traffic calming in many villages with main roads running through them.

“They also said there have been no serious personal injuries is a reason they won’t take action. Instead they could put up a sign on our wall, but it’s too late to read a sign if they’re already crashing into it.”

“We thought, after the first crash, that something would be done, but it wasn’t so we know we have to be more proactive this time around.”

Vicky was due to address a meeting of Deeping St James Parish Council on Thursday.

Ms Cassar said: “We are looking at what we could do to the road to influence driver behaviour and help prevent an accident like this from happening again.”

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