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Residents of Thimbleby near Horncastle campaign to halve the speed limit on rural road





Residents of the village Thimbleby near Horncastle are campaigning to halve the speed limit on one of the rural roads in their village.

A petition signed by 155 locals advocates for the extension of the 30mph speed limit along Green Lane, near the Durham Ox pub. The petition has been recently submitted to Thimbleby Parish Council, which endorsed it.

Campaign spokesperson Jonathan Lincoln highlighted the risk speeding vehicles pose to pedestrians and dog walkers, sharing a personal encounter where he narrowly avoided being struck by a car.

Thimbleby residents are campaigning to extend the 30mph along Green Lane. Photo: James Turner
Thimbleby residents are campaigning to extend the 30mph along Green Lane. Photo: James Turner

“I heard an engine revving and then saw one car overtaking another. I was looking the other way and didn’t see it coming, but it nearly hit me. They must have been going well over 60mph,” he recalled.

“Green Lane is part of the village and it is currently a 60mph zone, but we want to extend the 30mph zone because people walk down here everyday and it is quite frankly dangerous.”

Thimbleby Parish Council discussed the petition during its meeting on March 13 and have agreed to endorse it, committing to forward it to the Highways Department of Lincolnshire County Council for further consideration.

Green Lane, Thimbleby. Photo: James Turner
Green Lane, Thimbleby. Photo: James Turner

“We are grateful to the parish council for their support and for representing the local community. We want to reclaim Green Lane,” Jonathan Lincoln continued.

Supporting the campaign, 73-year-old Chris Holmes observed that cars often speed past the road’s bend “like a bat out of hell.”

Another local villager, 66-year-old John Swin, shared their concerns: “We want people to slow down; we don’t want traffic racing through here at ridiculous speeds. It would just be nice to be able to walk down here and not risk getting run over.”



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