Parking ban plan over cycle lane

Parking on the Boston Road cycle lane may soon be outlawed by the county council. EMN-150127-111022001
Parking on the Boston Road cycle lane may soon be outlawed by the county council. EMN-150127-111022001

Parking on the cycle lane in Sleaford’s Boston Road may soon become illegal, under plans from Lincolnshire highways chiefs.

Parking on the cycle lane in Sleaford’s Boston Road may soon become illegal, under plans from Lincolnshire highways chiefs.

Lincolnshire County Council is currently consulting on a proposal to change the cycle lane from advisory to mandatory from the junction with New Street to the railway bridge.

It comes in the wake of Tesco announcing it was shelving plans for a new store in the town, throwing plans for a link road into doubt.

Rowan Smith, area highways manager for the council, said: “Originally, we had planned to consult on the change when the new link road was built, but following the recent announcement from one of the main developers, we have decided to consult on the mandatory cycle lane sooner rather than later.”

Informing Sleaford Town Council, Mr Smith wrote: “This will mean that the current parking habits of some will have to change.”

Mark Couling, from Sleaford, has raised concern via social media about parking in the area. On hearing the plans, he said: “I just think it will make the whole road safer. I pulled out the little car park next to the Rec the other day and really struggled to see either way just because of the amount of cars parked there. It will be safer for parents crossing to and from the Rec and safer for cyclists as they won’t need to be on the main part of the road.”

Comments should be sent to Rowan Smith, Area Highways Manager, Eastgate, Sleaford, NG34 7EB by March 6.