Thursday, 26 April 2012

The old railway bridge on Nursery Lane

Spring flowers at the Well at Lower Sprotborough


As I write, the canal at Lower Sprotborough is over-flowing its banks into the River Don again.  I think we've just about had enough rain here for now!



I am afraid there is still no news on this.  There was a meeting of the Don Gorge Strategic Partnership on the 9th March 2012, when few representatives turned up and no worthwhile information was forthcoming. 

The only important information to come from the meeting was that the Partnership's Co-ordinator has been pulled from her role by DMBC and moved to another department.

We fear this does not bode well for the Partnership and wonder what will happen next.


It was with some relief that the hairpin bend was reopened earlier than expected and I am sure many will be thankful that their journeys have been shortened as a result.  I was, however, surprised to hear that a number of people have actually telephoned the council to complain that the renovation of the road and footpath has spoiled the countryside feel of the road.  For those who have lived in Sprotborough for many years, I would suggest that such a 'feel' was lost about fifty years ago when all the new houses were built and roads created.  I well remember the Park and Melton Road gaining 'manicured' status in the 1960s when footpaths and kerbs were put in.  With the addition of hundreds of houses, it was inevitable that usage of the river bridges as a route to the A1(M) would increase and so it has.  It is therefore useless to complain that a worn-out road and footpath have been renewed as it is now a main thoroughfare.  Personally, I think they have done an excellent job, creating run-offs for the rain, banking up soil so that car parkers cannot ruin the verges and improving a footpath that was a danger to users.