Mud on roads is like ‘butter on toast,’ says Bert

Mud on Main Road outside Holbeach St Marks Primary School.
Mud on Main Road outside Holbeach St Marks Primary School.

A Holbeach St Marks pensioner fears a serious accident could happen in his village because of mud left on the roads.

Bert Spencer (74) has complained to the police and farmers about mud on Main Road which he said was like “butter on toast.”

He wants to see tougher action against firms who don’t clean up mud left by tractors, an offence under the 1980 Highways Act.

Bert said: “I saw mud on the road outside the primary school last weekend, so I phoned the police because I thought it was dangerous.

“I tried to talk to a tractor driver who was making it worse but he wasn’t interested in what I had to say.”

“In my opinion, it’s irresponsible for farmers delivering crops to leave mud on the road because when it rains or freezes over, it becomes like butter on toast for vehicles which skid all over the place.”

Karyn Wiles, headteacher of Holbeach St Marks Primary School, said: “There was a significant amount of mud on the road, both at the end of last week and this week.

“This has been particularly hazardous when the temperature has dropped and it becomes icy, making the road outside the school dangerous as it’s not only slippery to drive on but also to walk on.

“I did see a tractor attempting to clear the mud from a surrounding road and we would hope that the farmers continue to make attempts to clear the roads.”

Julian Perowne, director of Jack Buck Farms in Moulton Seas End, said: “We were in Holbeach St Marks for three days last week and we had a tractor brushing the roads at all times.

“There were no complaints at the time and we ensured that the roads were kept as well as we could possibly keep them.”