Gainsborough

Reconstruction works on a key commuting route in Gainsborough will start this week, prompting up to six weeks of overnight road closures.

The carriageway at Bridge Street and Ropery Road needs reconstructing, and work will begin on Monday, October 25.

There will be rolling night-time closures on both streets from 6pm to 2am Monday to Friday, and only the section of road being worked on that particular evening will be closed.

The works are expected to last up to six weeks, subject to suitable weather, as the roads reach the end of their serviceable life.

The diversion route for the schedule of works at Ropery Road and Bridge Street in Gainsborough. | Photo: Lincolnshire County Council

The diversion route will be via A159 Trinity Street / Beaumont Street / North Street / Morton Terrace / Morton Road and vice versa.

Clio Perraton-Williams, county councillor for Scotter Rural and executive support councillor for highways, said: “When we start, the team will be carrying work out overnight, beginning in the south and working north.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum including only closing the sections of road being worked on at the time, placing signage out so drivers know where the road is closed, and maintaining access for residents as often as it’s safe to do so.

“I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience. Once complete, these improvements will make travelling around Gainsborough much safer and more comfortable for all road users.”

A former industrial site in Gainsborough could soon have 80 new homes built on it.

Heapham Properties has applied to West Lindsey District Council for outline permission to build a new residential estate on the former home of AMP Rose in Heapham Road.

It comes after Chestnut Homes got the go ahead for 81 homes at the site in 2007 – just prior to AMP’s relocation to the Heapham Road Industrial Estate – but never acted on.

The new development includes 15 two-bedroom apartments, 20 two-bedroom starter homes, 39 three-bedroom homes and six four bed homes, alongside open space.

A report from the developers said: “The scheme aims to both contribute towards meeting the housing needs of Gainsborough, and ultimately Central Lincolnshire, whilst remaining appropriate in size and scale to the adjacent built-up area.”

“Careful consideration has been afforded to the indicative design, layout and scale in order to make the most effective and suitable use of the land available.

“The scheme seeks to deliver a high-quality development that will integrate well with the neighbouring residential properties, whilst protecting amenity, privacy and provide a positive contribution to the Gainsborough east ward.”

How the site could be laid out.

According to the application, AMP – now based on Somerby Way – still uses the site occasionally for storage purposes.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with arson with recklessness and common assault after a gas explosion in Gainsborough on Friday.

Simion Edwards, 27, of Waterworks Street in Gainsborough, was charged by police on Monday morning after a gas explosion at a property on the street at 4.45pm on Friday, October 15.

Edwards was charged on suspicion of arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, and is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday. He was also charged with common assault.

The property belonged to Leap Housing Charity, an organisation which helps people in need with short-term housing solutions.

Nobody was injured in the incident and no neighbouring properties were affected, with further investigations indicating the explosion was caused by a gas canister.

Lincolnshire Police had originally stated that he was charged with arson with intent to endanger life, but have since amended the error.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We can also confirm that only Simion Edwards as detailed above has been arrested and charged in connection with this offence. We apologise for any confusion.”

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