West Lindsey

Parts of Gainsborough could be pedestrianised as part of plans to improve cycling and walking routes throughout the town.

West Lindsey District Council’s Prosperous Communities Committee is being recommended to give the go ahead next week to Lincolnshire County Council’s Gainsborough Cycling and Walking Network Plan, including the development of a series of priority routes to common locations.

Access to areas such as Market Street could be restricted at certain times of the day, while long term plans could see the area pedestrianised.

New cycling routes from Lea Road rail station to Morton, the town centre to Corringham Road Industrial Estate and Heapham Road Industrial Estate to Cox’s Hill/B1433 Spital Hill junction, are also included.

A cross-town centre route via Market Street and Lord Street will also link two of the new priority routes.

To improve walking, the plans focus on the A159 Trinity Street/Beaumont Street to Torr Street and Market Street, Silver Street and Caskgate Street.

Priority walking routes will also be subject to 20mph speed limits.

Meanwhile infrastructure options will see cycle lanes segregated, footways extended, street parking removed in some areas, no right turns on some roads and public realm improvements.

Documents before the committee said the aim is to bring in future funding and “make Gainsborough one of the best towns in the UK for cycling and walking”.

The report said: “The interventions set out in this report are designed to enable Gainsborough to prosper as a town and to achieve higher cycling and walking rates, particularly as an alternative to short private car trips.

“It aims to establish a cycle and walking network which is comfortable, direct, safe and coherent.”

Police have seized and dismantled over 200 cannabis plants found during two separate raids in Gainsborough in the last week, as well as charging a 22-year-old man.

On Friday, May 14, officers discovered 50 plants in a property on Waterworks Street, and then found another 170 plants at an address on Spring Gardens on Monday, May 17.

Police are still working to find those responsible for the Waterworks Street grows, but 22-year-old Fabio Balliu of Main Street, Huthwaite has been arrested and charged in connection with the second raid.

Balliu has been charged with producing a controlled drug and appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court on May 18, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on June 15.

Gary Brockie, Inspector for Gainsborough, said: “We work really closely with the local community which helps support information we have about drugs and other crimes.

“With cannabis grows, we often find that high volumes of electricity and fertilizer are used to feed the plants which causes a real and genuine concern, and danger for those living nearby.

“If you suspect activity like this is taking place, please do the right thing and let us know.”

Investigations are underway to track down the person or people involved in the first incident, and police are appealing for the public’s help.

If you have any information that may help officers with their enquiries, call 101 and quote incident 15 of May 17, or email [email protected].

Police are appealing to find a third person who ran from a stolen car after it crashed into a house in Gainsborough.

At just before 2.30pm on Sunday, April 4, a stolen white Mazda 6 crashed into a house on Lea Road in the town.

The car had been stolen from an address in Brigg on March 29, and two men and a woman were seen fleeing the scene after the crash.

Police are looking into the crash, which saw a white Mazda hit the front wall of a house on Lea Road. | Photo: The Lincolnite reader

Three people ran from the car, and so far two males have been identified by police.

CCTV images show a potential third person and officers would like to speak to them as part of their investigations.

Do you recognise this woman? | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

If you can held identify the woman or have info that will help, call 101 and quote incident 208 of April 4.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] and use the same incident number in the subject box.

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