Public meeting in Holbeach over town car park and trade

Holbeach market day in January at Boston Road South car park, Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach market day in January at Boston Road South car park, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The people of Holbeach are to have their say on the moving of the town’s market and plans to close an entrance to a major car park.

Holbeach Parish Council has organised a public meeting on safety measures at Boston Road South car park and the decision to base market stalls there on Thursday and Saturdays.

The meeting takes place at Holbeach Methodist Church in Albert Street at 6pm on Monday, August 15, when an official from South Holland District Council is expected to be present.

Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster said: “The meeting was called due to the importance of these issues, both to the businesses of the town and the people of the area.

“There have been numerous complaints made to parish councillors over these issues and in order to persuade South Holland District Council to consider alternatives, it is necessary to demonstrate the depth of feeling in the town.

“Therefore, the strongest possible attendance is needed as a representative from the district council will be at the meeting, together with parish councillors.

This is your chance to put your views forward as once this meeting is over, it may be too late to complain afterwards

Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster

“This is your chance to put your views forward as once this meeting is over, it may be too late to complain afterwards.”

The district council plans to shut the Boston Road South entrance to the car park on a trial basis after a recent survey found that a high number of cars were using it as a cut-through, instead of using High Street and West End.

Meanwhile, market day traders have been based on the car park since January in a move by the district council to boost trade and avoid risks to the safety of pedestrians and mobility scooter users outside All Saints Church.

Coun Foyster said: “Clearly a risk exists as it does in everything we do.”

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