How to Object Against Hawthorn Road Closing

Public Inquiry

The deadline for objections to the Department for Transport expired on 5th Dec 2014. It would however still be very useful for anyone who was unable to write an objection letter to the DfT to complain directly to Lincolnshire County Council as described below.

We understand the DfT have received several hundred letters objecting to the closure of Hawthorn Road. Huge thanks to all who took the time and effort to write letters. Also many thanks to the many kind comments of support we have received.

The next stage is for The DfT to decide whether a public inquiry is justified. This may take several weeks and it is unlikely a decision will be known until after Christmas.

Other Ways to Object

Even though the deadline for objecting to the DfT has now passed it is also useful to write to Council elected members and officials to drive home the level of opposition locally to closing Hawthorn Road. It is important however to include the words “Formal Complaint” in any letter to the County Council otherwise it may be dismissed as passing comment and not acted upon. Contact details are provided below.

The letters to Government and the Council aim to persuade them that closing Hawthorn Road is a bad idea and they need to think again, keep Hawthorn Road open and save the cost of another Public Inquiry which is likely to cost more than the extra cost of a bridge.

Writing an Objection Letter to Government and Local Councillors

In your objection letter you should refer to the “THE LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (A15 LINCOLN EASTERN BYPASS) (CLASSIFIED ROAD) (SIDE ROADS) ORDER 2014” and state that you object to the closure of Hawthorn Road and give your reasons for objecting. It is important to keep your reasons focused on problems the closure will cause you personally as general reasons such as objecting to more roads on principle or because they cause climate change etc would not be considered as part of this process. It is important however to include the words “Formal Complaint” in any letter to the County Council otherwise it may be dismissed as passing comment and not acted upon. Letters should be sent to the contacts below. The first contacts are the most important however if you have time it helps to send a copy to all the contacts.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, Lincolnshire County Council
County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL
cllrr.davies@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Councillor Martin Hill OBE, Leader of the Council,  Lincolnshire County Council
County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL
cllrm.hill@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Cllr Ian Fleetwood, County Council Member for Cherry Willingham,Reepham Fiskerton & Bardney
County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL
cllri.fleetwood@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Richard Wills, Executive Director, Lincolnshire County Council
County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL

Remember the quantity of objections is also important so please don’t leave it to others to object.

6 thoughts on “How to Object Against Hawthorn Road Closing

  1. I’m objecting to the proposed closure of Hawthorn road. Due to the high number of Vehicles that will have to come through Cherry Willingham. The narrow winding roads will not be able to cope with the increased numbers of cars, vans and lorries.
    The Fiskerton road merging at the Wickes roundabout, already has a high number of cars using the road at the moment. Winter time has seen the road closed due to accidents at the S-bends at the entrance to the old quarry site. With the increased traffic on this road more fatalities will be inevitable.
    Sending the Hawthorn road traffic from Reepham and Cherry Willingham onto kennel lane to join the main Wragby road will not be a solution, as this is only a very narrow country lane unable to cope with large numbers of vehicles, joining at theT- junction to Wragby road is a game of Russian roulette. For traffic wanting to turn right. There are already tail backs at peak times of the day, waiting for a break in the traffic coming both directions.This road already has parking issues especially at school times and around the populated area of Kennel Lane.
    I urge you to reconsider the Hawthorn road closure due to safety risks and the day to day running of people’s lives, if there is a problem on Fiskerton Road how the increased response time of the emergency services will impact on all villagers. These are already overcrowded county roads.
    Mr & Mrs Mather

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  2. That’s a good set of comments with which I agree. It matches much of what I’ve written in my own letter to the Department of Transport.

    But what you refer to as ‘the Fiskerton road’ is actually called Greetwell Road from Greetwell onwards all the way into town. I point this out not to be picky but so that anyone writing a letter of complaint gets the name of the road right.

    Please urge as many people as you can to write these letters as set out above.

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  3. I’ve included a letter to Ric Metcalfe too as I feel the closure of Hawthorn Road will have a negative impact on his constituants too and flies in the face of the City of Lincolns Local Plan Key Aim to “improve the quality of the local environment and the physical, social and economic health of the local community;”

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