Allotment holders object to Spalding bypass plan

Allotment holders in a Lincolnshire town have objected to plans to build a bypass through their plots.

There are two proposed routes for the Spalding Western Relief Road, both of which would cut through Horseshoe Road allotments.

Gardener Richard Edwards said there were better places to build the road than through the allotments.

The county council said the proposed routes had been designed to minimise the impact on residents and businesses.

'Alternative land'

Mr Edwards, from Spalding, said: "There are about 60 allotments on here. We grow onions and potatoes and give a lot away to Macmillian and hospices in the area.

"There are a lot of youngsters getting into it and it would spoil a good community that we've built up.

"We do need a road but why do we need it through the allotments? We've got a perfectly good road at the side of us, Broadway, they could spend a few thousand on that and they wouldn't need to come this way."

The county council spokesperson said: "Because of the line of residential properties in the area the allotments proved to be the only route through to Bourne Road, and we would avoid them if an alternative location existed.

"As part of our ongoing design we will be identifying alternative land to replace the allotments."

A public consultation exercise on the plans closes on 26 August.

The road would provide a link between the B1172 at Littleworth Drove and the A151 Bourne Road.

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