Council forgot to paint road sign

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THE boss of Holbeach butchers A W Jackson, Jim Tointon, is furious with Lincolnshire County Council for forgetting to paint a long-promised ‘keep clear’ sign outside his shop.

He says traffic queues along West End prevent his customers from getting in or out of his car park, sited between his shop and NatWest Bank.

The ‘keep clear’ sign was due to be painted on the road six weeks ago when workmen changed the phasing of traffic lights on Market Hill, but the job was left undone.

Mr Tointon claims he is losing business and said: “If they can’t get across the traffic, people are just not calling in.”

He campaigned for two years to get the sign painted and was promised it would be done as part of the traffic lights scheme.

Mr Tointon said he had spoken to Coun Nick Worth who had told him the work would be carried out, but would have to be fitted in with other jobs.

The butcher said: “He said it will get done when it gets done. To be perfectly honest, we have given up.

“It’s continual telephone calls, nothing happens and you lose the will to live.”

Coun Nick Worth said the sign is likely to be installed within a month or six weeks.

He said: “It’s coming. He needs to be patient.”

Coun Worth said traffic is flowing far more freely through the Market Hill junction, which has cut queues with drivers mostly getting through the lights at the first go.

He understood police were supposed to have “coned off bits” during the traffic lights work for the sign to be painted but forgot to do it.

Coun Worth said he found it hard to believe the lack of a sign was affecting the butcher’s business because the road has been the same for 20 years.