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Traffic Matters in Gainsborough

April 3, 2013 12:15 PM
By Pat O'Connor and Mick Tinker in Gainsborough Standard
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats
Pat O'Conner and Mick Tinker share a column in the Gainsborough Standard. Their column published on March 28th read:-

We are aware that there is a petition circulating calling for the Gainsborough Market Place to be open for free short term parking for shoppers . 3500 signatures are required for a petition to be effective and presented at a County Council meeting . Mick Tinker has already persuaded West Lindsey District Council of the value of free parking on Tuesdays while Lincolnshire County Council work on Market Street improvements. Once there are enough signatures on the petition Mick would be happy to advise and support the organisers in the delivery of the petition to a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council .

It may only have been a broken man hole cover on Ashcroft Road but it led to a number of issues being discussed at a meeting of the South West Action Group recently which Pat O'Connor attended. The recent deployment of the temporary speed warning signs had made a big difference in the area. There was concern about the sheer amount of traffic using this route as well as the damage it was causing to the road and nearby houses. Pat has asked the Road Safety Partnership to consider another survey to determine the volume and speed of vehicles in the area. He has also contacted the Highways Department in respect of possible traffic calming measures. A number of potholes and the man hole cover are due to be repaired shortly.

In some areas of the town for example at the junction of Love Lane with Morton Terrace the continuing process of renewing the street lighting has thrown up another issue. The old lamp posts are still in place cluttering up the pavement. Pat has asked Highways to have them removed as soon as possible.

A recent email from a constituent asked Pat to look at the accident rate at the junction at Morton Terrace, Thonock Road and Morton Front Road. There have been a number of serious accidents and when they were mapped all appear to be in one particular section of the junction. Pat is now pressing for this particular junction to be made safer

his is our last report before the Council election on May 2nd. We would both urge everyone who is eligible to vote in these elections to support the democratic process.

Councillors Pat O' Connor and Mick Tinker Lincolnshire County Council