It will make things worse
I was deeply concerned when I read the news item in last week’s Sleaford Standard under the headline “How the district will shape up”, with details on plans to build a considerable amount of housing on two main quadrants to the west and south of the town.
While there is clearly some intention to incorporate health and community centres, shops, schools, recreational facilities and some employment land, I do wonder how any planner, or indeed councillor, can come up with such innovative schemes when it appears that all the past developments appear to have been made piecemeal and without any apparent consideration for the highway infrastructure.
It was some time ago that a new estate was built off Grantham Road, but because the roads were narrow, buses could not access the school because of parked cars. Will this be the pattern for future developments?
And I notice from both the published plan and from another source that the ill-planned Sleaford link road is to be the subject of a new study to investigate the building of this road that crosses the recreation ground and would enter the 33-foot wide Mareham Lane.
I know the width because I physically measured it with a surveyor’s tape: as this was what I did in my first employment.
Given the amount of HGVs and articulated lorries using the current road system in and around Sleaford, this is clearly not a very good solution for any town or highway planner to come to.
To proceed with this link road will only create more traffic problems for the town.
A M Waddington
Viking Way Metheringham
Taxpayers will be hit hardest
In the name of austerity and efficiency, the Government is proposing to close the busy magistrates’ courts at Grantham and Skegness.
This means anyone from the Deepings involved in a trial will have to travel to Lincoln or Boston to attend court hearings. This journey is long and tedious by car, and almost impossible to achieve by public transport in time for an early hearing.
Witnesses and victims will have to pay for their own transport to Lincoln.
Police officers involved in these cases will be travelling the extra hours during their working week, thus reducing the time they spend on the beat.
Solicitors representing prosecution and defence will inevitably charge clients for the extra time involved and a proportion of those extra fees will be funded by the public purse via legal aid.
As with so many Tory proposals, what is being presented as a cost-saving will actually cause disruption and extra costs for taxpayers.
I urge your readers to respond to the online consultation before October 8 and tell the Government that, for a justice system to work, it needs to be genuinely and freely accessible to all.
Kesteven Close Deeping St James
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