At the Carholme Community Forum (CCF) on 13 August there were discussions on:
- The recent traveller encampment
- Speeding on Hewson Road
- Inconsiderate parking on Long Leys Road
- The building of Carruthers Court on West Parade/Rudgard Lane in the West End.
LLRA presented resident feedback at CCF on the recent traveller encampment experience. The city council and police teams responded well to the overall challenge. However LLRA suggested consideration of some additional measures, that may reduce a repeat of problems in the future. Carholme City of Lincoln councillors will be requesting that council officers produce a formal response.
Hewson Road Speeding
SID, our Speed Indicator Device, has been on duty recently on Hewson Road, to help measure and reduce traffic speeds on the approach to St Faiths school. SID has confirmed that there is a particular problem with some vehicles driving in excess of 40mph in a 20mph zone. It is a particular problem with vehicles heading towards Carholme Road with one vehicle measured at 59mph on a Monday afternoon. Whilst not within Long Leys, LLRA along with WERA (West End Residents Association) are concerned about the general safety of children who attend the school as well as the safety of cyclists who use the West Common path and then Hewson Road to make their way to the Fossdyke Navigation cycle path. Ways to address this will be considered.
Inconsiderate Parking On Long Leys Road
There have been some recent issues with vehicles parking on both sides of Long Leys Road near Oakleigh Terrace, on occasions causing obstruction to the footpaths with vans left over weekend periods. Our local PCSO, Kay Rowntree, has been of assistance in reminding vehicle owners of safer and smarter ways to park. LLRA is optimistic that the underlying issue has been addressed.
Carruthers Court on West Parade/Rudgard Lane
Whilst not in Long Leys, many residents do walk or cycle to work using West Parade so may have an interest in the construction of Carruthers Court, a building of 23 two bedroom apartments for rent (not to students).
The site build starts 30 September 2019 and should be completed by the end of 2020. During the construction, West Parade’s south side footpath will be reduced in width for safety reasons (to 4ft rather than 8ft) with a full closure for two weeks when the full footpath is improved and re-instated.
On Rudgard Lane there will be the suspension of residents parking, with the creation of a temporary footpath on the east side of the road. Rudgard Lane will be two way for construction vehicles, to avoid reversing of HGV’s accessing the site. Rudgard Lane will be fully closed for two weeks early in the project to allow sewer work to be undertaken.
This is a challenging site to build in, but the end result will probably be considered by most as a big improvement on the poor state of buildings previously there (those living next door to the site may feel differently). A key consideration for the main contractor, Lindum Construction, is where construction workers will actually park. The developer is PCN Property. WERA are hoping to organise a resident meeting between the main contractor and those directly effected by the work, so potential concerns can be properly addressed before building starts.
Minutes of previous CCF meetings can be found at long-leys.org/carholme-community-forum/