Call for pedestrian safety first at Grantham junction
Councillors have demanded that efforts are made to bring in safety crossings at a busy road junction before the southern relief road is completed.
At a meeting of the development control committee at South Kesteven District Council, members voted against a bid by Lincolnshire County Council to defer any safety works on the Springfield Road/London Road junction.
The county council wanted to vary the Section 106 Agreement to enable improvement works at the junction to be developed only when the southern relief road is finished and its impact is fully understood.
Paul Thomas, Executive Manager Development and Growth, said: “The full extent of the remodelling work at this junction is not known at this time and will not be fully ascertained until further analysis work has been undertaken once the relief road has been constructed.”
The county council also says a sum of £15,000 should be provided by the developer to pay towards any future safety work on the junction.
But the development control committee voted against this, with the casting vote of the chairman, and asked for the proposal to be deferred and for officers to come back to them with a time-frame for safety work at the junction and an outline of what safety facilities will be built there.
Coun Charmaine Morgan expressed concerns for public safety at the junction. She later said: “I have gone back to LCC and put in a request for pedestrian facilities not related to the southern quadrant or relief road. It should have facilities there regardless of that development.
“They should have been a consideration when the Springfield Road development went up and when McDonald’s was built.
“I think the reason they are not doing it is because they are prioritising traffic flow above pedestrian safety.”