Town council opposes CPO

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Sleaford Town Council has formally lodged its objections to the recently-served Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and Side Road Order relating to the planned link road through the town.

North Kesteven District Council seeks to compulsory purchase land needed across Boston Road Recreation Ground to build a link road from Boston Road to Mareham Lane. The county council has put in a Side Road Order to close Southgate level crossing and divert road traffic.

The town council explains it is fully aware that an expanding market town such as Sleaford must seek change and regeneration to thrive.

It insists its objections are not directed at the development of a new superstore, or the principle of ensuring new development is well connected to the wider road 
network.

In a statement it said: “The developments and plans behind these proposed orders will have a profound and adverse effect on Sleaford, together with its residents and visitors to the town.”

The town council’s objections are focussed on the concept and detail of the proposed road and what it describes as the ‘ill-advised’ proposed closure of the crossing.

It said these would be detrimental to traffic management and impact adversely on the environment.

The town council intends to continue consulting with residents and businesses, seek expert advice and carry out research.

In 2015, it has plans for a town-wide poll to ensure all residents can have their say.