Holbeach mum steps up her A17 pedestrian crossing campaign

Paula Hayes and her daughters crossing the A17 near the spot where they want a proper pedestrian crossing, installed. SG261115-101TW
Paula Hayes and her daughters crossing the A17 near the spot where they want a proper pedestrian crossing, installed. SG261115-101TW
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A mum has launched paper and online petitions in her fight to get a safe pedestrian crossing at a spot where residents dice with death on the A17.

Paula Hayes lives in Kennedy Road, off Boston Road North, and crosses the A17 several times a day near the roundabout while taking her two daughters on the school-run or to clubs.

She says thanks to MP John Hayes, the spot was assessed by the county council as meeting criteria for a crossing – but she’s been told by the council it could be “ten or 15 years away” and says “that’s too far ahead”.

So far more than 180 have signed the petition, which is available in Holbeach shops, and Mrs Hayes will go door-to-door to collect more signatures.

The online petition is available on www.gopetition.com/petitions/pedestrian-crossing-across-a17-at-boston-road-holbeach.html

Mrs Hayes will present the finished petition to Richard Wills, the county’s executive director for environment and economy, and to the South Holland and The Deepings MP.

Work is due to start in late summer on replacing A151/A17 T-junction (Peppermint Junction) with a roundabout, around 200 yards away from the roundabout linking Boston Road North/South.

Mrs Hayes wants a proper pedestrian crossing installed at Boston Road when the Peppermint Junction work is carried out.

She’s even more concerned about pedestrian safety following a two-vehicle injury crash on the A17 on Thursday night and says pedestrians are more vulnerable than people in cars.

Her campaign has been backed by Holbeach Hospital staff who cross at the spot with elderly residents in wheelchairs and also have elderly visitors who cross there.

County councillor Nick Worth said: “At the end of the day, it will just come down to a funding issue.”

Previously ...

Holbeach A17 crossing can’t come soon enough - mum

Holbeach Hospital staff back mum’s A17 crossing plea