Rethink on plans to close way in to Holbeach car park

COUNCIL RETHINK: A trader and customer at Holbeach Market in Boston Road South car park, Holbeach, where a change will be made to which entrance will close for a trial period.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
COUNCIL RETHINK: A trader and customer at Holbeach Market in Boston Road South car park, Holbeach, where a change will be made to which entrance will close for a trial period. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Plans to shut an entrance to Holbeach’s main car park are to go ahead, but with one important change.

Advice from county highways officers, residents, parish and district councillors has persuaded South Holland District Council not to close the entrance to Boston Road South car park from Park Road.

Instead, the district council plans to close the Boston Road South entrance, near Boyes department store, in order to stop drivers who use the car park as a “cut-through”, between Boston Road South and Park Road.

The car park entrance in Boston Road South will be close on a trial basis once signage and notices are prepared, which a district council spokesman said would take about two weeks.

The spokesman added: “A date for the start of the closure will be announced as soon as possible (and) signs will be put up at the site this week.

“There will then be a two-week notice period before the trial starts.”

In my opinion, closing one of the gates to Boston Road South car park is not the answer to the safety issue

Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster

Holbeach Parish Council had advised against shutting the Park Road entrance to the car park as it would make it harder for people visiting Park Road Surgery.

Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster said: “In my opinion, closing one of the gates to Boston Road South car park is not the answer to the safety issue.

“Dividing the area into two with bollards may be more expensive but would serve Holbeach very much better.

“If the council is unwilling or unable to try this, rather than closing a gate, I will try to see if some compromise can be reached before a final decision is taken.”

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