When the chips are down
Fears that disruption to traffic during construction work on a new development off Tattershall Road would be ruinous for nearby businesses have proved unfounded thanks to effective communication.
Chestnut Homes site manager Simon Eyley, far right, Chestnut Homes workers, 360 Scaffolding workers, Mick Yould Plumbing and Heating and John Whornton's Plastering receiving their fish and chip dinners with thanks from Andy Whelbourn of Whelbourn Engineering (second front left), Andy's Chippy owner Andy Kyriacou (centre), Councillor Carol Taylor and Councillor Mary Wright for getting the job done within their deadline of just three weeks instead of five.
And on Thursday grateful traders rewarded hard-working builders on the site with free fish and chip lunches.
A clear-the air meeting organised by borough councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright between business owners and residents and developers Chestnut Homes and Lincolnshire County Council highways led to concerns being addressed.
As a result a five-week period of traffic controls was reduced to just three and three further planned two day full closures of Tattershall Road to allow a crane to work, now potentially looks like being reduced to one full closure.
Cllr Taylor said: "There were concerns about the impact the work might have, especially those with businesses in the area. But Chestnut Homes listened to the concerns and took action. They have been brilliant, especially the site foreman. It just shows what can be achieved when people sit down and talk."
Cllr Mary Wright, said: "All sides were afforded the opportunity to have their say. Residents and business owners were able to leave Chestnut Homes and Highways in no doubt about their fears."
Chestnut Homes and Lincolnshire County Council Highways provided improved signage to help traffic during the work and all efforts were made to keep traffic restrictions to a minimum.
The biggest bonuses for traders were the almost daily communication from the site which kept them informed about progress and the rate at which work advanced.
The one-way system in place on Tattershall Road is expected to be lifted from Monday (October 7) - two weeks earlier than originally forecast. The precise date for any full closures is dependant on progress on site but there will be advance warning signs put in place and a local diversion route will be signed.