Football parking headache

A football match between Holbeach United and AFC Rushden and Diamonds brought nearly 500 fans to Carter's Park, leading a parish councillor to complain over parking problems.  Photo by Steve Relf.
A football match between Holbeach United and AFC Rushden and Diamonds brought nearly 500 fans to Carter's Park, leading a parish councillor to complain over parking problems. Photo by Steve Relf.
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A Holbeach parish councillor wants action after claiming that roads in the town were left “ridiculously clogged up” because of a big football match.

Coun Kathy Rooke said cars were “parked nose to tail” along Park Road, Park Lane, Edinburgh Walk and Battlefields Lane South as almost 500 people watched Holbeach United play Northamptonshire side AFC Rushden and Diamonds at Carter’s Park on January 24.

Holbeach Parish Council members agreed to write to the football club and police, asking for their co-operation to improve parking in the area on matchdays and to set up no parking zones.

In a letter to members, Coun Rooke said: “There was a football match at the club on Saturday January 24 when Park Road, Park Lane, Battlefields Lane South and Edinburgh Walk were ridiculously clogged up with parked cars.

“They were parked nose to tail all the way down Park Road and Park Lane, on both sides in places, making it very difficult to get through.

“Some (cars) were on the kerb, making it impossible to get past with a pushchair and there was no way you could get a pushchair between the cars to get back on the pavement.

“It’s about time highways, the police and the football club did something about this and a letter to all concerned from the parish council expressing our concerns would also be very much appreciated.”

Football club chairman Dave Dougill said: “Before the game kicked off, there were two PCSOs (police community support officers) present and soon after kick off, a police constable arrived at our request.

“If there were any parking problems then, hopefully, the police would have done something about it but someone I spoke to told me that they’d had no problems in getting from Whaplode to Battlefields Lane South in Holbeach on the day in question.

“Anything that happens outside the ground is not the football club’s responsibility.”