Lincolnshire County Council rejects residents’ speeding fears

The recent accident in Hemingby
The recent accident in Hemingby

Lincolnshire County Council has rejected calls from residents for traffic calming measures in Hemingby.

Several residents contacted the News after a recent accident involving two vehicles - one of which overturned.

Although there were no reports of serious injuries, locals claim the accident had happened at a ‘black-spot’.

They say vehicles are travelling too fast to negotiate a bridge that crosses a stream near to the junction of Mill Lane and Chapel Lane.

One resident claimed it was the sixth accident at that particular location.

She said people had called for traffic calming measures but had been told they would not be introduced - until there was a serious accident.

Another resident said: “The road through the village is becoming increasingly busy.

“It’s a worry when you are walking on the side of the road, particularly with young children

“It’s supposed to be 30mph but cars, vans and lorries seem to be going quicker than that.”

Andrew Ratcliffe, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’ve looked at the accident record for this area and this has been the only accident that has resulted in an injury since 1985.

“The junction is well signed and our data shows that there isn’t an issue with speeding either.

“I am very sympathetic to the concerns of the local residents, but we have to take an evidence based approach to road safety.

“Lincolnshire is a big county to and we only have limited funds available so they must be spent on areas where there’s a history of collisions.

“We will continue to monitor the situation, but at this time we aren’t looking to install any speed calming measures.”