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Whaplode councillor says recent roadworks showed the need for a bypass





A spate of roadworks has highlighted the even greater need for a village bypass.

People living in Whaplode have been campaigning for well over a decade to get an alternative route for the thousands of lorries and cars which use the A151 High Road every day.

This has been further illustrated recently when Cadent and Anglian Water dug up High Road in the village and installed temporary traffic lights within weeks of each other.

Coun Allan Beal and Coun Peter Coupland want to see a bypass on the A151 at Whaplode
Coun Allan Beal and Coun Peter Coupland want to see a bypass on the A151 at Whaplode

Coun Allan Beal, represents the Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns ward on South Holland District Council, said: “Where you do get such emergencies utilities have to take proper measures?

“But to my mind it does seem to be happening too frequently with the drains in Whaplode.

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“It highlights the need for a bypass.

“I can see that Whaplode needs a reduction in the traffic.

“The huge number of houses built in Holbeach plus the housing at the end of the road and houses in Weston means a sizable chunk of residential traffic and delivery traffic will come through Whaplode so a bypass would be more than beneficial.”

The A151 at Whaplode. GOOGLE MAPS
The A151 at Whaplode. GOOGLE MAPS

Lincolnshire county councillor Peter Coupland made a presentation at Whaplode’s Parish Council meeting to further the desire for a bypass.

Last year the county said that it will not be progressing plans for a bypass for the village after a feasibility study found that the scheme would be unlikely to attract Government funding as it would not provide enough benefits or value for money. This has been contested by Coun Coupland, Holbeach Rural ward member.

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