'I feel like Churchill - we will fight them' says speed scheme protestor
RESIDENTS have until next Thursday to make their objections to a raft of proposed speed limit reductions across North East Lincolnshire.
As reported, the council is planning to bring down the speed limits on sections of the A180, A18, A1136 and a number of residential streets.
The £500,000 scheme met with opposition from residents and councillors, who called for it to be shelved to allow alternative road safety improvements to be considered.
However, in April, the then portfolio holder for environment Alex Wallace decided to press ahead with the scheme, and the proposals have now been put out to consultation.
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Humberston resident Hayden Dawkins, who started a petition calling for the proposals to be scrapped, is urging fellow residents to make their objections known.
He said: "There is not long left to go. People really need to be getting their objections in. People round here think it is not worth objecting and that it's a done deal and they will put it through whatever they say.
"But we have to stand up and have our say. I feel like Churchill. We will fight them on the beach, we will fight them on the A180!"
Mr Dawkins also expressed concerns that residents were not able to object to the proposals on the council website.
He said: "It makes it really hard to put an objection in. I went into the offices to make an objection and it took the woman ten minutes to find the plans for me to object to. That's what niggles me. I really do feel like they're going through the motions."
Councillor Philip Jackson (Con, Waltham), who sat on the scrutiny panel which recommended to Mr Wallace that the proposals be made subject to a full scrutiny review, said: "I spent quite a lot of time searching the council website and I could find consultations on other proposed traffic regulation orders, but not these.
"My question is why aren't they on the website? If it is an omission then I think there might be an argument for extending the consultation."
The proposals are due to come back before the regeneration and environment scrutiny panel after the end of the public consultation.
Mr Jackson said he intended to object to most of the speed reductions being proposed.
"Where we are talking about 20mph speed limits around schools, that is a separate issue and I don't intend to oppose those.
"But as far as most of the others are concerned I will be calling for them to be examined because I am not convinced that we will be making best use of council tax payers' money by going down the route of blanket speed limit reductions.
"That is almost the lazy man's way of doing it. We want to be looking at more imaginative ways of making those particular stretches of road safer."
Make your views known
Members of the public can comment on the proposals by writing to Marc Cole, strategic director of environment, economy and housing, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU. They must state the grounds for any objections raised. The deadline is Thursday, August 9.