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Drivers in two villages near Lincoln will face a fortnight of night-time road closures due to roadworks starting next week.

Sections of the A158 Wragby Road between Sudbrooke and Stainton will be resurfaced and repairs are expected to take two weeks.

Work will start on Monday, May 10 to resurface damaged sections of the road between the junction with Scothern Lane and the junction with Stainton Lane.

The road will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am whilst work takes place.

The road will be reopened to traffic during the day, with access maintained for residents at all times.

Traffic will be diverted as follows:

  • Vehicles under 4.8m tall: via A158, A46, B1202 and A158, and vice versa
  • Vehicles over 4.8m tall: via A158, A46, B1225, A157 and A158, and vice versa, in order to avoid a low bridge in Market Rasen

Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Whilst we’ll always try to keep disruption caused by our roadworks to a minimum, I appreciate that even overnight works will affect some residents. Please bear with us whilst we work to improve Lincolnshire’s roads.”

Boston Borough Council will make yearly savings of between nearly £50-£70,000 on its housing IT systems, if leaders agree to share the cost through the strategic alliance with East Lindsey next week.

Boston’s separate housing and homeless systems are described as “no longer up to date”, “paper driven” and with “limited reporting capabilities” in a report before cabinet members on Wednesday.

Quotes to the borough to fully replace the system have ranged from £70,000 to £90,000. However, East Lindsey District Council has agreed to let Boston join its systems which were upgraded in 2019 – bringing the costs down to a one-off £6,930 installation cost and a further £13,995 for the two years remaining on ELDC’s contract.

The report said the new East Lincolnshire Housing Allocation Scheme “is a positive development opportunity for the strategic alliance”.

It says it will provide “value for money and best use of shared resources” as well as align staff, systems and processes.

The authority said it will also improve the customer experience, however, it notes that users will need to re-register on the new system.

In the meantime, however, it said support and advice will be provided and a manual “direct let” process will be in place ” to ensure customers do not miss out on properties”.

The Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council strategic alliance was finalised in July 2020 and sees the authorities share a joint Chief Executive and senior officers, with workforce merger plans also set to take place.

It is hoped the alignment will save £15.4 million over 10 years.

East Lindsey District Council leader Craig Leyland (left) and Boston Borough Council leader Paul Skinner have overseen the creation of the strategic alliance.

However, opponents at the time expressed grave concerns over the plans, saying they were rushed and lacked scrutiny.

There were also worries over the job losses around hard working staff at the authorities.

Since then Boston has also become a shareholder in the Public Sector Partnership Services company with East Lindsey and South Holland District Council.

The company delivers IT, HR, finance, customer contact and revenues and benefits on the councils’ behalf.

Leaders hope the move will save a further £1.8 million over the next ten years. At the time, the authority made a commitment of no redundancies.

The first of two sets of night-time road closures will begin in May as work continues to build the new zebra crossing in Wragby.

Work began earlier this year on the new crossing on the A157 junction near Old Grammar School Way.

A night-time road closure will be in place on the A157 between 7pm and 5am on Wednesday, May 5.

Temporary traffic signals will also be in place on the A158 during these times.

The diversion route will be via the A158/Hunters Lane (in Baumber)/B1225/A157, and vice versa.

A night-time road closure will then be in place on the A158 between 8pm and 6am for up to three evenings starting on Monday, May 24.

Temporary traffic signals will also be in place on the A157 during these times.

The diversion route will be via the B1202/A631/B1225/A157, and vice versa.

Other improvements being made as part of these set of A157 works are:

  • Construction of two new pedestrian refuges at the islands of the mini-roundabout
  • Widening and realigning of the A158 South of the mini roundabout to improve vehicle turning manoeuvres and accommodate the new pedestrian refuges
  • Footway improvements, including widening and reconstruction between the Adam and Eve and new zebra crossing, as well as the southern A158 footpath near the works
  • Minor drainage improvements along the carriageway and near the new crossing
  • Improved street lighting

Karen Cassar, Assistant Director – Highways at Lincolnshire County Council said: “Works to build the new zebra crossing in Wragby, near Old Grammar School Way, are progressing really well and we’re still on track for having this safety project complete by the end of May.

“Starting early next month, we’ll also be rebuilding sections of the A157 and A158 to increase the serviceable life of both sections of road.

“We want to thank all the residents and commuters affected by this scheme for continuing to bear with us as we work to improve Lincolnshire’s coastal highway.”

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