The Town Council has outlined its strategy to battle the planned Compulsory Purchase of part of the town’s recreation ground for a link road.
It will involve widespread consultation with the public on how strongly they feel about protecting Boston Road Recreation before the town council commits to spending the money to fight the order at a public inquiry next year.
The link road, between Boston Road and Mareham Lane, is hailed by North Kesteven District Council to unlock millions of pounds in redevelopment of the Maltings site as well as accessing a new Tesco store planned for the old Advanta Seeds site, creating 1,000 jobs. An accompanying Side Roads Order by the county council would also close Southgate level crossing, apart from provision of a pedestrian footbridge. The town council opposes it in principle, despite the offer of a larger piece of adjacent land in exchange, with tree planting.
Coun Mark Allan, chairman of the town council’s CPO working group, said at Wednesday’s full council meeting they were meeting almost weekly to compile information explaining the council’s concerns and effects it could have on the town. This includes a one page summary of the Sleaford Transport Strategy. He said: “Our concern was the clarity of the information for a layman was not coming out of NKDC.”
They wanted to illustrate that plan with artist’s impressions including a photo of the rec’ with the proposed road junction onto Boston Road superimposed, being carried out by their planning and traffic consultants. The group wanted to be sure the highways authority’s computer traffic model was also correctly predicting all effects on Sleaford.
Coun Allan added: “We are looking for support from the public on what to put on posters and put leaflets through letterboxes. Then we will seek a view across the town to whether we should take that objection through to a public inquiry, explaining what the cost would be. We need to know that the town wishes us to spend that money.” That would include a town poll.