Showdown in summer over Holbeach car park

TOWN SHOWDOWN: 
Markets inspector Mike Knight and stallholder Richard Brooks of Elite Plants on Boston Road South car park, Holbeach, where a public meeting will be held next month about issues in the town.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
TOWN SHOWDOWN: Markets inspector Mike Knight and stallholder Richard Brooks of Elite Plants on Boston Road South car park, Holbeach, where a public meeting will be held next month about issues in the town. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Holbeach traders and residents are getting a chance to tell council officials how unhappy they are with services in the town next month.

A public meeting has been called over the use of Boston Road South car park as the home for Holbeach’s Thursday and Saturday markets, along with a decision to shut one of its entrances in Park Road.

Shutting the Park Road entrance will cause more chaos because you will have more traffic coming out of the one entrance

Holbeach Parish Council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson

The meeting will take place at Holbeach Methodist Church in Albert Street on Monday, August 15 at 6pm.

Speaking to the Spalding Guardian after South Holland District Council’s decision to close the Park Road entrance to the car park on a three-month trial basis, parish council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson said: “The idea of shutting off one of the entrances is, in principle, a good one.

“The district council feels there is a safety issue with people cutting though the car park, from one entrance to the other, and there’s a fair amount of traffic that does this.

“But shutting the Park Road entrance will cause more chaos because you will have more traffic coming out of the one entrance (in Boston Road South) when the roads are busy anyway.

“So it was felt by the parish council that shutting Park Road entrance would cause more problems than it solves.”

Holbeach’s Thursday and Saturday markets having relocated from High Street to Boston Road South car park has been a longer running issue since a trial was launched in January.

There is no word yet on whether the move will become permanent, with the trial going on through the summer.

But at a parish council meeting in May, Emily Spicer of South Holland District Council said: “Feedback from actual stallholders has been extremely pleasing and many, if not all of them, have seen significant increases in their income.

“A high number of people have asked to join the market, which is of benefit to both stallholders and residents.”

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