Forging idea for new town barrier

A folding gate created by the Chain Bridge Forge could be put up to keep vehicles out of Spalding town centre.

A consultation has gone out to businesses on the re-writing of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).
It’s meant to ban vehicles from the town centre between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, but it’s not policed.
Coun Rob Gibson told this week’s meeting of the Spalding Town Forum that the majority of the public consulted wanted the TRO as long as it was enforced.
He said ahead of a possible final decision in September, Lincolnshire County Council were ‘re-writing’ the TRO to make it ‘water tight’ while also allocating more disabled parking spaces for people around the town centre.
“That’s the reason it’s taking some time,” Coun Gibson said. “Myself and Coun (Liz) Sneath said if we’re losing some disabled parking can we get it in other areas?
“We’re trying to cut off the bits we lose.”
More disabled parking is to be allocated near the Red Lion, at Bridge Street outside the former Halifax branch and in the Sheep Market, Coun Gibson continued.
He also presented some ideas for folding barriers to be put up at the one-way entrance to the pedestrianised area.
“Chain Bridge Forge were over the moon about the possibility of making a gate,” said Coun Gibson. “It was important for us to utilise a company, business and charity in South Holland.
“I didn’t want to be in a position if we do go ahead in September and have to wait for it.”
Among the designs presented for the bi-fold gate were South Holland District Council or Spalding two crests, the new Love Spalding brands or a tulips design.
The idea wasn’t universally popular though.
“It’s not meant to be a piece of sculpture,” said Christine Lawton. “It should be plain and simple and do the job.”
Coun Gibson also said that police were looking to install bigger signs for the TRO and it would be locked by a padlock the emergency services would know how to unlock.

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