Cables and CCTV all over Grantham for Larkfleet survey

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A traffic survey commissioned by developer Larkfleet comes to an end today (Friday). The survey involves numerous monitors and CCTV camers around the town.

Larkfleet wants to build more than 500 houses in Manthorpe and last week won the right to challenge a court order preventing it from stopping the construction of the east-west bypass and associated housing development.

Lincolnshire County Council says it granted an application for the survey with equipment positioned at 23 locations around town. These locations include Manthorpe Road, roads on the Manthopre estate, Low Road in Manthorpe, Snakt Augustin Way, Wharf Road, St Peter’s Hill , High Street and Brook Street.

Video cameras have also been placed at seven junctions, including three on Longcliffe Road and two on Belton Lane.

But resident Simon Cole says the survey equipment has been placed in some unusual positions.

Mr Cole said: “Some may have noticed, as did I, that a number of these devices have been placed in what you might call odd places. For example, in Rosedale Drive on the Manthorpe estate, which is a cul-de-sac, a device has been placed at the every end of the close, after which are four houses with one house not even having a car. There are a number of other cases where devices are placed in similarly pointless locations.”

Mr Cole added: “Larkfleet has no interest in the well-being of Grantham, never has, never will. The proposed development is a commercial venture, nothing more.”

A spokesman for Larkfleet homes confirmed the survey had been commissioned by the company.

She said the survey had received full consent from the council as a result of noise and air quality studies in the district. She said a scoping report had suggested noise and air quality were an issue across South Kesteven.

She could not confirm when, or if, a planning application for the Manthorpe development would be submitted to SKDC.