Residents object to right turn ban

Spencer Pearson and Coun Sheila Newell (Fenside) collected signatures for a petition to oppose the planned right turn ban from Sleaford Road into Brothertoft Road. NA

Spencer Pearson and Coun Sheila Newell (Fenside) collected signatures for a petition to oppose the planned right turn ban from Sleaford Road into Brothertoft Road. NA

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ALMOST 100 signatures from Boston residents have been collected on a petition to object to council plans for a no right turn at Brothertoft Road from Sleaford Road.

The planned right turn ban is part of Lincolnshire County Council’s £10 million transport strategy to improve congestion in the town.

Within the last fortnight, Sleaford Road resident Spencer Pearson has collected 94 signatures with support from Coun Sheila Newell of the Fenside Ward.

“While out in the area I was approached by residents who were very concerned about the amount of traffic which would be forced into Lister Way and Carlton Road as a result of right turn ban,” said Mr Pearson.

“Most residents I spoke to are of the opinion this will cause considerable congestion at the junctions with Fydell Street and Argyle Street.”

Coun Ward added: “I don’t think there is a problem with congestion here, you only have to wait a few seconds for those wanting to turn right.”

In addition to the petition, the council has received 20 objections to the scheme as part of the consultation process which ended on March 2.

Steve Willis, LCC’s head of highways south, told The Standard the works are designed to ‘limit the blockage of drivers coming into the town’.

He said: “This scheme also allows more green time at the junction by reducing the amount of time for right-turning vehicles. In addition, the works will enable the pedestrian crossing on Brothertoft Road to operate when traffic on Sleaford Road has a green light, eliminating the current situation where all traffic is held on a red light to allow pedestrians to cross.

He added: “At the next planning and regulation committee meeting on April 11, county councillors will consider the proposals and all the objections before making their decision.”

l What do you think to the plans? Email your views to gemma.gadd@jpress.co.uk.