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Traffic fears over Lincoln mosque and supermarket plans

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 23, 2011

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CONCERNS: Plans have been put forward for a supermarket, purpose-built mosque and homes on the old Boultham Park Dairy.

TRAFFIC congestion and access fears are being raised about a proposed mosque and supermarket at a former dairy site.

Letters are being sent to residents and businesses inviting comments on moves towards investing millions of pounds at the old Boultham Park Dairy.

Houses are also included in the plans along with an estimated 140 parking spaces.

The City of Lincoln Council is consulting residents and businesses, and organisations including the Environment Agency.

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Councillor Kev Clarke, Boultham representative at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "I've sent a letter to the highways department at the county council today about the volume of traffic that any development at the site is going to cause.

"I'm requesting Dixon Street has two additional slip roads to take the traffic.

"I've lived in the area for almost 25 years and used to walk past the dairy. There only used to be one or two trucks coming in and out during the day, along with the office staff.

"I don't believe Dixon Street and Boultham Park Road can take the weight of traffic in one go."

Labour member Mr Clarke continued: "As a county councillor, people have approached me with their concerns as it's both a mosque and supermarket at the site.

"I'm telling them if they have objections or views to send them directly to the city council."

Jean Flannery, chairman of Boultham Residents' Association, said the area was a predominantly residential neighbourhood.

She said: "We shall therefore need to consider the likely effects of the development, whether beneficial or adverse, on the lives and wellbeing of the residents.

"We need to see the full plans before we can comment further."

Lincolnshire Co-operative Society, which owns the land, has applied for outline planning permission for the mosque and homes.

And full planning permission is sought so that Lidl can relocate from St Mark's, creating between 15 and 20 jobs. The supermarket proposal includes 71 car parking spaces.

It is likely the mosque would have a similar amount.

The site is accessed from Dixon Street and Boultham Park Road.

Lincoln Islamic Association wanted to create a purpose-built mosque on the site of the old tin church in Church Drive, off Boultham Park Road, which burned down in 2008.

Planners rejected the scheme in October 2009 after residents raised concerns about traffic problems and parking.

Allotment holder Fred Hyde, 62, based in the Boultham area, said: "With the supermarket, how many do we want in Lincoln? We've got one on every corner. On the issue of houses, how long will it be before this island of ours will sink under the number of houses we have?

"Dixon Street is one of the busiest roads and Boultham Park Road is getting busier as it's a shortcut.

"If I was in charge of the council, I would tear the ground up and make some gardens."

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