Pinchbeck Road/Woolram Wygate junction

The County Council Highways Dept has agreed with the two developers that they would issue the necessary Orders themselves, rather that the highways dept, directly to the various Utility Companies (water, gas, electricity, telephone) for the works required to relocate or protect their underground services, mainly on Woolram Wygate.

The two developers delayed the issue of those Orders until they had their planning permissions in place, which was understandable, as any delay in gaining planning permission would probably have meant that any Orders that were already in place would of run out of their time limit.  The successful outcome for the applications at the Development Control Committee meeting on 5 January 2011,  means that both developers have now commenced arrangements for the issue of the Orders.

A programme period for the work required once the services are moved etc, has been produced, but the start point for this will depend on when the Utilities works are completed.

Initially, it was hoped that all the Utilities works would be finished before the 2011 Flower Parade, so that the remaining works could start soon after the Flower Parade.  However, this may need to be revised, dependant upon the requirements and constraints of the Utility Companies and how the remaining work can be fed in to work schedule of the County council’s road works contractor.

Check out the Conservative group website for more news about Spalding Wygate ward http://southhollanddcconservativegroup.co.uk/3818/welcome

Rural rail fares are a scandal

Just after Christmas I dropped a couple of Christmas visitors off at Spalding railway station so that they could go in to Peterborough.  The fare for 2 people, one-way, £13!

Driving distance to Peterborough 20 miles.  Average miles per gallon on a modern car to be 35mpg, call it 30mpg to allow for stop start traffic once you are in town.  Petrol is currently £1.25 a litre so that’s about £5.70 to cover 30 miles.  Even if you then add on £5 for parking, making it a total of £10.70, you still don’t get close to the excessive cost of £13 for 2 people to travel 20 miles by train.  Travelling by car, a family of 4 would be quids in!

Is it any wonder our roads are becoming more and more congested?  Worse still, we have yet to see what happens when rail fares increase by another 6.2% in the New Year!