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Grantham Journal letter: Horseboxes are to blame

Garry Pollard on the Gonerby Road to Allington which has been closed since November. Photo: 043A

Garry Pollard on the Gonerby Road to Allington which has been closed since November. Photo: 043A

I write in response to the story “Horseboxes don’t cause Allington road problems” (Journal, February 1).

The suggestion that Mr Oley has ploughed almost £7 million into the business is totally irrelevant to Allington’s problems. That is his decision, and can only benefit him, not the village.

As far as his comments go about horseboxes not coming through the village, this is total nonsense, borne out by a friend of mine who lives very close to Sedgebrook bridge, but without his comments, I personally have followed horseboxes from the A52 when returning from town, and when an event is staged by Arena UK, there are dozens, which ALL use the small bridge on Gonerby Road.

Mr Oley may send directions for the horseboxes to go via the A1, but I can assure him that these directions are not followed by all the people who take part in his events.

The suggestion that the horseboxes are too big to go under Sedgebrook bridge is also misplaced. Does he realise that the bridge is 3.8 metres high, and is a flat bridge. It would have to be a very high horsebox not to be able to go through there.

Of course the roadworks have not affected Arena UK. The horseboxes are now using the A1 route, as there is no other one available.

When the Gonerby Road bridge is repaired, we shall be back to square one, until the bridge fails again due to misuse, by drivers not following directions given out by Mr Oley.

Garry Pollard

Allington

 

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