Woodhall Spa residents hit out after council calls off work at eleventh hour

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Residents in Woodhall Spa have hit out after long-awaited road improvements were postponed - just hours before they were due to start.

Lincolnshire County Council was due to start re-surfacing the B1191 in Station Road last Wednesday.

The work was scheduled to last a week and involved overnight road closures.

However, on the day contractors were scheduled to arrive, the County Council issued a press release, saying the work had been postponed until the New Year.

The council blamed ‘other activities on the Highways Network’ and recent bad weather.

Eric Smith, of Woodhall Spa, said: “You couldn’t make it up.

“We’ve been waiting months for the road to be repaired. It’s in a shocking state.

“They keep patching it but the stuff they use is next to useless.”

Paul Duncan, of Horncastle Road, said: “It’s ridiculous. Surely, the council knew what was going to happen - and not happen in this case - a while ago.

“I’ve tried to find out when they will start in the New Year but surprise, surprise, no-one seems to have a date.”

Woodhall Spa Parish Council admitted they were ‘disappointed’ with the delay.

However, parish clerk Amanda Bushell said that at least the postponement until the New Year meant there would not be a clash with this Friday’s Christmas Fayre in the village.

She said: “It is disappointing because the road does need repairing.”

She said she had contacted the County Council for a new starting date but was waiting for a reply.

Speaking before the announcement of delay, Dave Chetwynd, Principal Engineer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “By resurfacing the road now we can extend its life span for many more years.”