Fillingham Residents to Petition County Council over Road Closures.
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enclose a petition signed by residents of Fillingham. As you may be aware road
works in Fillingham High Street recently
resulted in its closure during three days and we understand that the work was
scheduled to take 2 weeks and will resume shortly. It involves the installation
of some kerbing to one side of the road only. Anyone who does not live in
Fillingham may not be aware that there are no 'short cuts'. There is one road
only through the village and on to Willingham, 5 miles away, with no turnings
off open to the public. Fillingham and Ingham are effectively a single
community and residents of Fillingham rely heavily on facilities in Ingham
which are used throughout the day and include the school, the doctor's, nursery
facilities, a shop, a garage, a salon, the church and 3 pubs. Not only that,
but we are also cut off from the shop/PO and petrol station at Hemswell
Cliff/Caenby Corner and the return journey to Lincoln is doubled from 20 to 40
miles. Some individuals make 3 or 4 such return journeys each day, traveling up
to 96 miles instead of 16. Additionally, services coming in to the village such
as Royal Mail, Curtis' butchery van, mobile library, couriers, Tesco bus, and
tradespeople are disrupted.
The road closure is, we believe, unnecessary,
highly disruptive, expensive, hazardous to residents and others due to the
single track diversionary route, and was implemented without consultation or
adequate warning. It has proved very difficult to find out from the county
council when the work will be completed and during the 3 days when the work was
in progress, before snow halted it, 'Road Closed' signs were left in place for
miles around when the road was in fact open. If there is a legal reason why
single lane working, perhaps with a convoy system (which could be operated by 1
man, see attached plan) or stop/go boards, could not be used, then the work
should have been carried out much more rapidly and preferably at night. Those
planning the work clearly had no understanding of how badly it would affect us
and never bothered to ask. Responses to complaints made to the Highways
Department have been casual at best and insulting at worst. There are no
facilities in our village and almost every normal activity outside it incurs an
additional 20 miles of round trip, even filling up with expensive petrol!
anyone had taken the trouble to do a proper impact assessment, which would have
required consultation with the residents of Fillingham, we feel reasonably
confident that it would have been appreciated that, due to the unusual
circumstances of the village, lengthy road closure during the day would be
intolerable, especially for a period of 2 weeks, and a different plan could
have been determined. We understand that resurfacing work is scheduled for the
summer. If this has been planned in the same casual way, then think again. We
do not accept that we must endure lengthy road closures either for the
completion of the present work or for any future work, and if we do not receive
a satisfactory response from your department we will not rest in our efforts to
publicise this matter, and will explore the possibility of legal action. It is
simply not acceptable for the Highways Department to impose gross disruption
and expense on our community and those interacting with it, just because it
easier for them.
Fillingham Residents Group.
Sorry if that's a little lengthy but I think you'll agree it says it all.