Victory! Council makes speedy u-turn over ‘ludicrous’ traffic calming chicanes

Boston Saturday 01 December 2012. News.  Residents in Eastwood Road, Fishtoft - concerned over plans to install 10 traffic islands in the road. Centre (brown jacket) Jim Trynor holding map of planned give way islands with fellow concerned residents.
Boston Saturday 01 December 2012. News. Residents in Eastwood Road, Fishtoft - concerned over plans to install 10 traffic islands in the road. Centre (brown jacket) Jim Trynor holding map of planned give way islands with fellow concerned residents.

Controversial plans to install traffic-calming chicanes down a busy stretch of road have been scrapped following a wave of objections.

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) Highways planned to put 10 islands along Eastwood Road in Fishtoft in a bid to control speeding traffic, but objectors called the plan ‘ludicrous’, arguing the amount was excessive and would cause unecessary congestion.

The authority has now retracted the proposals, which would have narrowed the road to a single lane in places, and has said it will review other options to help the situation.

Principal highways officer Hamish McConchie said: “We have been reviewing comments and objections and from the feedback we have had there is clearly a lot of local opposition to this scheme plus both Boston Borough Council and the parish council are not in support of the measures. We won’t take the proposals any further.”

Eastwood Road resident Jim Trynor, who first alerted The Standard to the plans, called the change ‘a relief’, adding: “It was a stupid idea, but we will wait and see what they come up with now.”

Brylaine Travel had also complained about the plan, which it said would cause problems for bus drivers using that road.

The county council also apologised for wrongly saying the borough and parish councils were in favour of the plan.

A spokesman for the parish said: “Members of Fishtoft Parish Council are aware of the problems associated with speeding along Eastwood Road. However. They do not feel the proposals are a viable proposition.”