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Hardings Way, King's Lynn, decision time – Lynn News letters

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These will include whether to recommend acceptance by the whole council of a motion to rescind the Traffic Order which would allow all traffic onto the south end of Hardings Way.

This traffic order would be used, in the first instance, to allow HGVs on to the road to construct three new roads off it (one of which would cut across the current cycle, pram and disabled buggy path) to service new housing planned for some indefinite time in the future.

Subsequently there would be more lorries for building purposes, and more cars from the new housing, all of which would need to try to get out onto Wisbech Road already heavily congested at peak periods.

Hardings Way, King's Lynn (27190514)
Hardings Way, King's Lynn (27190514)

To demonstrate continuing opposition to this Traffic Order by the residents of South Lynn, cyclists, dog walkers, and parents of children using Hardings Way to access Whitefriars Infants School, there will be rally on Saturday 1st February at 12 noon by the bus gates at the South Lynn end of Hardings Way. Fancy dress is welcomed (we have already had an acceptance from the Mad Hatter who may yet be able to explain Council Policy!).

Recently the CIF2 documents for the funding of the bus lane along Hardings Way, which Norfolk County Council (NCC) never kept, and therefore were never considered by the Cabinet member who authorised the Traffic Order, have again been discovered.

The terms of these are that the council could have to repay up to £5.3 million to the Government if anything was done to impair the anticipated outcomes – outcomes which included speeding up of bus transit times. reduction in pollution, and improvements in safety.

The bus lane currently cuts bus journey times by four minutes on average, and it is quite clear other motor traffic on the bus lane this would ‘impair’ this improvement and be in violation of the terms of the agreement.

While this money would be owed by NCC not the borough, this inevitably would impact on the whole of the county either in increased rates precept or yet more devastating cuts to services.

West Norfolk Council now have a golden opportunity to listen to the people, note that over 1,400 have signed a petition in opposition to these proposals, and bring this whole sorry saga to an end.

Kevin Waddington,

Queen’s Avenue, Lynn

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