Joy as plan for off-road parking in Dyke is approved

Stubbs Close in Dyke, outlined in red, where 10 new off-road parking spaces will be built (outlined in blue). Photo: Google EMN-150924-154851001
Stubbs Close in Dyke, outlined in red, where 10 new off-road parking spaces will be built (outlined in blue). Photo: Google EMN-150924-154851001

A long-running campaign to create off-road parking spaces for residents of bungalows on a dangerous bend has finally paid off.

South Kesteven District Council has approved its own application to create 10 parking spaces and an access road in Stubbs Close, Dyke.

Currently the 14 residents of the bungalows, many of whom are disabled, have to park their cars on the main road through the village. But they have concerns about safety and have been campaigning for an off-road parking area for several years.

The Stubbs Close bungalows are the first homes drivers get to as they travel east along Main Road from the A15. The sign marking the change from 60mph to 30mph is about level with the first of the bungalows, so drivers often have to brake suddenly when they get to residents’ cars parked on the road.

There have been several near misses, and residents often find wing mirrors hanging off and dents in their cars. They hope the 10 new parking spaces should alleviate that problem.

Resident Mike Jackson, 69, has been campaigning for off-road parking in Stubbs Close since he moved there five years ago.

He said: “We are very pleased with the result. It will mean a hell of a lot.

“We will be able to go out to our cars and know they are not going to be dented.

“And people will be able to get into their cars at their own speed instead of having to worry about cars coming down the road.”

The decision was made at the council’s development control committee meeting on Tuesday last week. Bourne town councillors Bob Russell and Judy Smith, who both fought tirelessly on behalf of the residents, spoke at the meeting.

Coun Russell said road safety was a key issue. “This is located on a bend on a hill and something like 15 to 20 cars can be parked on the road,” he added.

Mr Jackson thanked both councillors for their hard work and said he hoped the parking spaces would be built soon.

Although a previous application to do the work was approved in 2006, it was never carried out. After the campaigners approached the council’s chief executive Beverly Agass, the new plans were put forward by the authority.