Layby petition presented

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A PETITION with 400 signatures has been presented to Fenland MP Steve Barclay calling for a layby to be reinstated outside a March business.

The layby has been outside Wisbech Road Post Office and Stores for years but it has not been reinstated following completion of the Wisbech Road to Russell Avenue footpath.

Postmaster Richard Bellars and his wife Lucy said they only found out it was not going to be reinstated after asking for it to be re-marked.

Cambs police are concerned about visibility problems with vehicles parked in the layby when the pedestrian crossing and zig zag markings are so close.

The traffic management officer for Cambs police told the Citizen this was his opinion in his 28 years’ experience in the traffic department but he explained he didn’t have a “veto on this” and it didn’t exclude the possibility of the layby being re-marked.

After learning the layby might not be re-marked, the post office launched the petition.

Mrs Bellars said they collected the 400 names in just two-and-a-half days.

The response has been overwhelming with more people still coming forward to sign after the petition has been presented.

“We want to thank everyone for their support,” said Mrs Bellars.

Mr Barclay said: “Mrs Bellars presented me with a 400 strong petition raised in a matter of days, which suggests the view of the County Council officers is misplaced.

“She believes as a small business they have not had an opportunity to put their case.

“As an MP I am not involved in individual planning decisions, and this is a matter for the County Council.

“So I have written to Cambridgeshire County Council asking for this matter to be looked at again.”

See reader’s letter on page 11 of this week’s Citizen.