Hawthorn Road Closure Protestors Meet Councillors and MP

Members of the Save Hawthorn Road Campaign have spoken with District Councillor Giles McNeill, County Councillor Jackie Brockway and Sir Edward Leigh MP, who all represent the parish of Greetwell where the road closure is proposed within their ward, division or constituency respectively.

The members of the group attended a ‘Meet the Conservative Team’ Coffee Morning held at the Large Hall, Old School, Mill Hill, Nettleham on Saturday, 13th December, ahead of a meeting with local representatives, decision makers and the Minister for Transport, John Hayes MP, on Monday 15th December at the Houses of Parliament, in London.

Local Conservatives supporting the campaign to keep Hawthorn Road open
Local Conservatives supporting the campaign to keep Hawthorn Road Open

The proposals for the Lincoln Eastern By-Pass, which will link the Bunker’s Hill roundabout down to Washingborough and on to Bracebridge Heath, is integral to plans for the future development of the area. However, residents in the area, Cherry Willingham and other villages beyond the point of the closure are highly concerned at the impact of the closure of Hawthorn Road, caused of the construction of the by-pass, will impact on them in unacceptable ways.

As the protesters say themselves:

We are emphatically not opposed to the Eastern Bypass. We think it is an excellent highway scheme and will bring great benefits to Lincoln. We are however opposed to a locally important aspect of the scheme whereby the Eastern Bypass will close Hawthorn Road where it crosses the new bypass. Hawthorn Road is a major local road connecting the eastern villages of Cherry Willingham, Reepham and Fiskerton to Lincoln. This will lead to significantly longer journeys on less safe roads for over 5000 residents.”