Laceby bypass opened at the start of 1963. Laceby was, at last, a peaceful village again.

IN AUGUST 1962, Sir Weston Cracroft Amcotts, then chairman of Lindsey County Council, fired a gun in the air to mark an important day in the history of Laceby.

It was the start of work on the village bypass. And for the village it heralded the end of traffic problems which had existed for more than 60 years, congestion being particularly bad on summer weekends. Even in the early 1890s there were problems, with a parish magazine recording the opening of the rectory gardens to local people so they could escape the thick dust being thrown up by cart traffic.

By 1938, the average number of vehicles which passed through the village was reported to total 3,300 a day. At weekends, counts of more than 1,000 an hour were recorded. Motorists found themselves caught up in a nightmare which was bad even by today's standards. For many years the road through Laceby was little more than a track. In 1920, it was taken over by Lindsey County Council from Grimsby District Council and was said to be in a sorry state being full of potholes. These were filled in and the authority decided to experiment with a new type of road covering – Tarmacadam. It was the first time that this had been used in the area. It was brought by rail to Grimsby and then laid out by contractors. But although an improvement, this was not the answer to Laceby's problems. Traffic continued to build up and was not helped by the road surface. In hot summer weather the tar would boil up, with the result that by the end of the summer the road would be smooth and shiny. By the 1950s traffic was increasing rapidly with an average of 8,700 vehicles a day by August 1961. Pre-war plans for a bypass were revised some 30 years after first drawings were made, the new road being further away from the village than had previously been envisaged. By 1958, preliminary work had been done and eventually the bypass opened at the start of 1963. Laceby was, at last, a peaceful village again. 

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​MORE HOMES; Opposing the proposed housing development,

MORE HOMES; Opposing the proposed housing development,

on land off Field Head Road, Laceby, are, from left, Jenny Griffiths, representing Charles Avenue and St Peter's Grove residents, Councillor David Hasthorpe, Conservative Wolds, and Brian Fragle, representing Field Head Road estate residents. Picture: Rick Byrne

LACEBY residents have raised concerns over how a proposed housing development is likely to impact on the village.

Brian Fragle, 68, of Elm Lane, got a letter through his door from Cofely about the potential site that aims to house over 150 homes on a plot of agricultural land.

But the letter was only distributed to certain affected households on Field Head Road, Yews Lane and Charles Avenue saying they had limited time to register their thoughts with North East Lincolnshire Council.

Therefore, Mr Fragle helped organise a community get-together where around 60 residents turned up to air their views – all were said to be against the development.

The parish council has already submitted their comments to the local authority in their role as a statutory consultee and have also made it clear that they do not support the application.

Mr Fragle said: "Most of the residents knew nothing about the development plans but they were determined to prevent it from going ahead.

The application is in two phases, 64 dwellings are planned on the Field Head Road end and 88 more on land adjoining Charles Avenue.

The construction is expected to be over a period of seven years, which brings about the issue of construction traffic before anyone even moves in.

Mr Fragle said key points mentioned in the meeting included:

Concerns about the maintenance of valuable agricultural land

Feelings that the village infrastructure cannot cope with this planning application, in addition to other developments in Laceby, namely 70 on Butt Lane and 100 on Blyth Way

Views that people have moved to Laceby to enjoy village life and don't wish to see it destroyed

Concerns that the increased traffic though the village and in particular Field Head Road will cause disruption and become dangerous.

Jenny Griffiths, of Charles Avenue, said: "It feels like the village could implode. I'm concerned for the quality of life of my neighbours and the added stress and congestion that will be on the village."

Councillor David Hasthorpe, who spent many years as a resident of Charles Avenue, said: "I'm supporting the residents. I know the area very well having grown up here back in the days when we were the new estate.

"The sheer amount of traffic that they will be trying to push through the bottleneck on Field Head Road is a recipe for disaster.

"Think about all the cars that will be coming through here and many of the new homes may have two vehicles too.

"With the queues that will no doubt develop with cars trying to get on to the dual carriageway, people will start going through the village instead which will cause problems.

"Does Laceby need 150 more houses on top of other sites? I think not."

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​NEW HOMES: Developers presented a 3D plan

NEW HOMES: Developers presented a 3D plan

of a new 68-home development for Laceby to North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee. Pictured are, from left: Richard Likupe, architect, Kevin Snape, director of Snape Properties Ltd, and Joe Snape, site manager.

LACEBY will be extended to the north by almost 70 new homes after plans for a new housing estate were passed.

The application from developer Snape Properties Ltd was approved by eight votes to two by North East Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee.

The application includes 68 new homes on agricultural land that sits outside the village's settlement boundary. It includes a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses as well as bungalows.

The developer has agreed to provide a new mini-roundabout on the corner of Butt Lane to provide better access, as well as to widen parts of the road.

A payment of £157,000 will also be paid to support primary schooling in Laceby.

The chamber was told that the land fell into the category of a "contingency" site as part of the plan to reach the borough's five year housing needs.

 Architect Richard Likupe said the development would target the new workforce for the renewables sector on the Humber Bank.

He said feedback from local residents had been taken into account within the design

Councillor Philip Jackson (Con, Waltham) said he felt that transport infrastructure in Laceby had not kept up with the developments over the past ten to 15 years.

"We know road access is not particularly good and a number of the objections quite rightly raise the fact that there doesn't seem to be a strategic approach with regard to access," he said.

"My concern is that we are getting to a stage where we have an unsuitable highway network that is only being tinkered with."

Councillor Iain Colquhoun (Con, Waltham) also questioned the quality of access to the site.

He said: "It's not Butt Street or Butt Avenue; it's Butt Lane. Some people in this authority don't seem to pay much attention to the history in that this site has never been one that is easily opened up."

He criticised a "piecemeal approach" to traffic improvements.

And he questioned whether raised land being added at the west of the site would restrict noise from the nearby Sanscoe Kennels to the new houses.

"If it does go ahead we have to be prepared for a number of telephone calls," he said. "The owner of the kennels would be quite within their rights to say 'I told you so'."

Councillor Terry Thurogood (Lab, Croft Baker), said the new mini roundabout would help resolve a "longstanding issue".

But he warned: "It's an incursion into open countryside and one that we said we would restrict development on.

"But policies which were relevant back in 2003 need to be looked at again with regard to our housing needs."

None of these planning applications should be given the go ahead until some of Grimsby's eyesore's are built on:

None of these planning applications should be given the go ahead until some of Grimsby's eyesore's are built on:-  this council only has money on its mind & not the wishes of the constituents. 10 people permitted to decide for a population of around 150'000. How long before Laceby, Ashby, Keelby, Waltham, Grimsby etc become one town??? We cannot continue sprawling into the countryside, this maybe agricultural land, however, it is STILL an unspoilt viewpoint of fields! 

People of Lincolnshire, stand up & oppose these endless planning applications!!! This is YOUR home, dont let it become a concrete jungle!!!

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