Ruining the Rec for future generations is a big error
AT the public meeting last Wednesday, we were urged by supporters of the new Tesco link road scheme to look to the future.
Indeed we should look to the future, but not with thinking still rooted in the past.
The days of being able to jump in your car, drive anywhere you please and park when you get there are already numbered if not gone – consigned to history.
This only worked when only the well-off could afford cars while the rest of the population had to walk, cycle or use public transport.
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Building new roads to solve traffic congestion problems no longer works – just look at the M25.
The proposed four lane highway across the Rec will not solve Sleaford's traffic problem – how can it when the rest of the roads are as narrow as Carre Street or Mareham Lane?
It will simply be a route from one traffic jam to another.
The root cause of congestion in Sleaford is not the level crossing, it is volume of traffic. Building a huge new supermarket in the middle of the town can only bring in yet more traffic; and all the new housing planned will bring even more.
NKDC needs to adopt a 21st century mindset, and not be shackled by a 20th century obsession with the private car.
They need to be thinking about alternatives – public transport, provision for pedestrians, proper cycle routes, not the laughable "cycle lane also known as a car park" arrangement like we currently have on Boston Road.
As for the promised regeneration of Southgate etc. part of the reason for the present predominance of charity shops, estate agents and betting shops is that these are the few types of trade in which supermarkets do not engage – yet!
The other shops have gone because they cannot compete with the existing supermarkets; the arrival of an even bigger Tesco can only accelerate this process.
I trust that the town council will continue to resist this misguided scheme to ruin the Rec for the false promise of regeneration.
Let's hope that NKDC can shift their minds into the 21st century and think again.