250 tonnes of sand and soil blown onto road in Scotton

Work carried out to clear Laughton Road in Scotton of 250 tonnes of sand and topsoil in strong winds
Work carried out to clear Laughton Road in Scotton of 250 tonnes of sand and topsoil in strong winds

Motorists and residents in the Gainsborough area are advised to plan ahead as the A159 Laughton Road at Scotton has been closed due to 250 tonnes of sand and topsoil blocking part of the route.

The road has been closed after strong winds blew the blockage onto the road last week.

Soil drifts from fields in the the village of Scotton, Gainsborough partially blocked the country roads and blocked dykes

Soil drifts from fields in the the village of Scotton, Gainsborough partially blocked the country roads and blocked dykes

Councillor for the area Chris Underwood-Frost said that the soil had blown in from surrounding land and posed a very serious problem.

“The huge winds hit our area and picked up a lot of sand from the area around Scotton common,” said Coun Underwood-Frost.

“There’s no serious fencing in the area so the loose sand and soil was able to just blow through on to the A159 up to Scotter and block it off.”

After spotting the blockage, Coun Underwood-Frost then contacted Lincolnshire County Council who organised the arrival of large lorries and diggers to remove the sand.

Soil drifts from fields in the the village of Scotton, Gainsborough partially blocked the country roads and blocked dykes

Soil drifts from fields in the the village of Scotton, Gainsborough partially blocked the country roads and blocked dykes

On the morning of Monday 22nd April, around 20 tonnes of sand were removed, but there is still a large amount left.

Coun Underwood-Frost argued that there needs to be greater consideration given to emergencies such as this.

“We need to have an emergency budget for this kind of situation,” he said. “Especially for rural corners of Lincolnshire like this where many residents may find themselves stranded.”

Not only that, but Coun Underwood-Frost said that other measures need to be taken to prevent this from happening again in the future when adverse weather returns.

“I have started a dialogue with local land-owners to try and deal with this issue of fencing and such,” he said.

“This is a very dangerous situation that we have to do all that we can to stop happening again.”

Coun Underwood-Frost added: “Land-owners must be culpable and held to account for things like this. It has caused major disruption.”

As The Standard went to print, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council Steve Wiles said: “More than 250 tonnes of sand have been deposited on the road so we have had to hire specialist equipment in to remove it and it could be several days until we’re able to re-open the road.”

He added: “We have extended the Call Connect bus service to make sure that residents of Scotton and other affected villages can still access public transport.”

For the latest updates on this situation and all other breaking traffic news for the Gainsborough area, visit our website at www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk