It’s crunch time as Sleaford people are urged to speak up on whether the Town Council should fight on against the link road plan.
A public meeting is being held tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm in St Denys’ Church, Market Place, to give residents the chance to speak on how the Town Council should respond to North Kesteven District Council’s decision in principle to proceed with a compulsory purchase order of land at Boston Road Recreation Ground.
This forms part of the project for the new bridge and link road between Boston Road and Mareham Lane, closing Southgate railway crossing to all traffic except a pedestrian footbridge – providing access to the Maltings and a new Tesco store.
Town councillor Jan Mathieson spoke for the council at the NKDC planning committee meeting earlier this month. She urges people to go along and have their say, email via www.sleaford.gov.uk or write if they genuinely want their opinions heard. She said: “We want to hear as many views as possible, not via social media as those cannot be verified. The council still wants reassurance that the people of Sleaford want us to fight the CPO. There is money involved in paying experts to fight the order. If the overwhelming view is to back down and sell the land then that is what we should do.”
Mayor Brian Watson echoed her message for voters to express their various opinions, which will be considered later. He had just received a 90-name petition opposed to the scheme.
Nigel Countin, of Sleaford, led a petition urging the Town Council to allow the link road to save the town from the doldrums. A copy of the 525-name document will be produced at the meeting. He added: “We need Sleaford Town Council to realise the town needs some regeneration and money pumping into it and the new road is the only way. We want people to make sure the council understands and stops standing in the way of progress.”