The number of visitors to our event has increased significantly in recent years and it was estimated that there were approximately 12,000 visitors over the weekend of 2015, nearly twice that attending the previous year. Traffic management has always been a concern for the Events Committee and to that end last year a local traffic management company was engaged to provide signage and coning to restrict parking. Unfortunately the measures were not enough and there were significant issues and concerns arising. These included members of the public not parking in designated car parks and parking wherever a space could be found irrespective of whether that created a blockage or hazard. Complaints were made by a number of local residents and businesses and concerns raised by emergency services about access to any incident.
This year a more detailed plan has been put in place to create a safer environment for festival attendees and locals alike.
The main route through the village along the Broadway/ Station road will be closed at Iddesleigh Road to the mini roundabout from 0900 – 1700 each day. Non-event traffic is advised to follow the sign posted diversion routes avoiding Woodhall Spa. Other traffic will need to follow the sign posted diversion route along iddesleigh Road, Stanhope Avenue and Victoria Avenue. To ensure a free flow of traffic this route will also be subject to no parking restrictions during that time which will be enforced by traffic wardens.
Vehicular access to the businesses in the Woods will be restricted to drivers who have pre-booked parking and permits. The 1940s Committee will issue passes separately before the event to residents in this area
There will be park and ride facilities operating from the showground on Green Lane. Access will be via Witham Road and Mill Lane and during this time there will be a one way restriction in force along Green Lane. Up to three buses will be running shuttles between 0900 and 1800 each day; the drop off and pick up point will be at the layby near the mini roundabout. Pets are not permitted on the Sleafordian buses, however the red double decker will convey dogs.
There will also be a smaller car park off the Horncastle Road near the junction with Kirkby Lane. A £5 charge will be levied for parking to help cover the costs of the Traffic management system.
Free Blue-badge disabled parking will be available at St Andrews School via King Edwards Road and St Hugh’s School via Stanhope Avenue.
Visiting coaches will be parked at the Witham Drainage Board site on Green Lane which is beyond the park and ride. There will be a £20 charge for coaches, again to cover the cost of traffic management
There will be a number of other parking restrictions in place throughout the village over the weekend; in particular access to residential areas will be restricted to locals only. Owners of any vehicles found to be parking contrary to road safety will be subject to enforcement action.