‘Our town needs protecting from HGVs,’ says councillor

HGVs in High Street, Holbeach, where parish councillors want a weight limit brought in.

HGVs in High Street, Holbeach, where parish councillors want a weight limit brought in.

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Lorries coming through Holbeach town centre could face a weight limit if parish councillors have their way.

At a meeting last Monday, councillors agreed to ask county highways bosses and the police for a weight restriction to be introduced on roads in the town centre.

The idea was proposed by Coun Carol Rudkin who said: “I’ve lived in Holbeach all of my life and the traffic coming through the town is getting too heavy.

“These 40-tonne lorries are too big for rural roads and I think we should have a weight restriction so that only a certain amount of lorries can come through Holbeach.”

But Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “I’ve looked into this and a weight restriction can only be enforced by the police.

“It’s also going to be very difficult for them to enforce it if HGVs have a legitimate right of access to properties in Holbeach.”

Maxine Stukins, senior highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Holbeach High Street is a B-class road which plays an important role in supporting the rural economy.

“As a result, we would not consider introducing a weight limit.

“Incidentally, I would expect a significant number of HGVs to be making deliveries in the local area and therefore they would be exempt from any weight limit anyway.”

 

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