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Calls made for action at Holbeach A17 junction

Calls are being made for action to be taken at a busy road junction in order to prevent any ‘nasty accidents’.

South Holland and Fleet Parish councillor Peter Coupland says that the Lowgate junction with the A17 creates traffic problems and is calling for action to be taken.

Queues of traffic build up as lorries try to leave the junction and move onto the A17 which is particularly a problem during the autumn.

Freezing fog South Lincs.A17 Fleet. (43304629)
Freezing fog South Lincs.A17 Fleet. (43304629)

Coun Coupland, who also sits on Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have had several accidents. I don’t want any nasty accidents there and we want to catch it before that happens. We have got to improve that junction as the A17 is such an important road.”

He is also calling for the speed limit to be cut along Lowgate after complaints had been raised by residents in the area.

Currently this section of road has a 60mph limit but there are concerns about the mixture of lorries and other vehicles. Coun Coupland said that he would like to see the speed limit cut down to ‘at least 40mph’.

He said: “We have had complaints from people who live down about the speeding and this is something that we are looking into.”

A Highways spokesman said: “We’ve had the request for the change in speed limit on Lowgate and we’ll be assessing it.”

Fleet Parish Council has also been told at their last meeting on Monday about issues with lorries in Hocklesgate. On December 10, a lorry was seen reversing 0.7km along the single track road as it was unable to make it around one of the corners.

A resident has called for a sign to be installed to warn lorry drivers that the road is not suitable for their vehicles.

- The parish council is waiting to hear back from the company which looks after Holbeach House about issues with vermin.

- The council was told that South Holland District Council is looking into creating Public Space Protection orders which will allow the dog warden to take action on the playing field.

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