Two weeks on and main road remains closed over collapse fears

Elizabeth Storey fears someone will be hurt because cars are using the one-way stretch of North Parade, Holbeach, as two-way while Fleet Street remains closed.
Elizabeth Storey fears someone will be hurt because cars are using the one-way stretch of North Parade, Holbeach, as two-way while Fleet Street remains closed.

A TOWN centre road remains closed amid fears it could collapse almost two weeks after a trench fell in on a workman.

It is not yet known when Fleet Street, Holbeach, will reopen as the Health and Safety Executive continues to assess the road’s stability.

It is believed the foundations of the carriageway may have collapsed as a result of the accident on March 9, which saw the workman airlifted to hospital with a broken leg.

He had been involved in drainage works being carried out by Lincolnshire County Council contractors.

Martyn Allen, of county council highways, said: “Until we are confident there is no risk of further collapse, the road remains closed.

“We are waiting for our contractors to gain approval from HSE to stabilise the trench and recommence the drainage work.”

The closure has already seen trade plummet for businesses within the closed-off section of road, with David Cinavas, of Holbeach Fish Bar, urging shoppers to continue supporting those affected.

And Elizabeth Storey, who lives in North Parade, fears the closure could have more tragic consequences as motorists use other routes to get around the town.

She says “inconsiderate idiots” are using the one-way section of road near her home as a two-way street, putting lives at risk.

She said: “North Parade becomes one way at the top of Windsor Avenue and because of the closure we are getting a lot more traffic down here.

“People use this road to get to University Academy Holbeach and there are no pavements, but these inconsiderate idiots are using it as a two-way street because they can’t use Fleet Street and it is becoming a real safety concern.

“My father-in-law had to pull over because someone was coming the wrong way down the street and when I said something to the driver I was just greeted with abuse.

“I have been told that there has now been a collapse under the other carriageway and highways are waiting on the Health and Safety Executive.

“Something needs to happen soon because it is a terrible situation down here, it’s getting really bad, and I am worried that someone will end up getting hurt.”