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‘Ridiculous and reckless’ - claim

Southfield Place residents in Horncastle - Tom Wilkinson, Barbara Morris and Ray Bushell

Southfield Place residents in Horncastle - Tom Wilkinson, Barbara Morris and Ray Bushell

Residents living in a quiet cul-de-sac in Horncastle have launched a stinging attack on planning officers.

For more than 20 years, people living in Southfield Place - off Boston Road - have used a ‘turning circle’ for their vehicles.

However, East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee have ended the practice.

They have given the go-ahead to an application by owners of a neighbouring bungalow who want to erect a 1.5m high fence and electronic gates at the bottom of the cul-de-sac.

The fence will effectively carve straight through the turning circle.

Planning officers said provision for a turning circle was never part of the conditions when the bungalow was built in 1986.

Residents have branded the decision as “reckless” and “ridiculous.”

They claim vehicles will either have to reverse in or out of the cul-de-sac and onto a busy Boston Road.

There are concerns about access for emergency vehicles and delivery drivers.

Seven residents objected to the application.

The News has learned Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways Department and Horncastle Town Council were also against the scheme.

Tom Wilkinson, who lives in Southfield Place, said: “Getting out onto Boston Road is difficult enough.

“It is directly opposite Banovallum School.

“I was at the planning meeting and they (the committee) were misled. They didn’t have all the information.

“The whole thing is ridiculous and reckless.

“It is an accident waiting to happen. Who will be responsible if there is an accident?”

Residents are now considering their options.

 

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