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Call for 30mph limit on Holbeach road




A concerned resident is launching a campaign to reduce the speed limit along a road which could soon have an additional 55 new homes.

Paul Barnes wants to see the 40mph speed limit on Fleet Road, Holbeach, cut to 30mph in a bid to get drivers to slow down along this busy road.

His comments come as South Holland District Council’s planning committee is recommended to approve Kaplan Property Group’s application to build 55 homes on land off Fleet Road at its meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).

Paul Barnes is calling for a 30mph limit
Paul Barnes is calling for a 30mph limit

Mr Barnes, who is also chairman of Fleet Parish Council, said: “My personal opinion is that they need to do something about speed on the road.

“No-one has considered the extra traffic and the speed of vehicles going along that road.

“This is a built up area with an increase in housing, there’s going to be the possibility of young people moving in with children who will be on the footpaths to go to school or catch buses. We have drivers coming down here at 60 to 70mph.

Fleet Road, Holbeach
Fleet Road, Holbeach

“I am going to start a campaign to reduce the speed limit along this road with average speed cameras.”

Mr Barnes said that a traffic survey undertaken previously by Lincolnshire County Council had discovered more more than 90 people hitting speeds of over 60mph.

Now he feels that the county should do another survey to update its results.

Mr Barnes said: “Someone has left skid marks on Fleet Road. I dread to imagine what speed the driver was doing to create those skid marks.

“There was an accident outside Fleet Road garage three weeks ago when someone was knocked off a motor bike.

“We should try to get them down on Saturday night/Sunday morning as it is quite horrendous some of the speeds.”

Kaplan Property Group has already received outline planning permission in 2018 to develop the site, which would require an existing home to be demolished to provide access to the homes.

The developer has now submitted a reserved matters planning application to build a range of one, two, three and four bedroom units, including some bungalows.

A report to tomorrow’s planning committee states that all 55 would be delivered as affordable housing with shared ownership and rented options available.

Objections to the application had been lodged by Fleet Parish Council along with members of the public - but no comments were made by the county’s highways.

The applicant states in the report that it will use locally sourced timber frames and that the application has been altered to reflect previous feedback.

Planning officers stated that concerns had been raised about drainage by local residents and that the Environment Agency has recommended that floor levels by set 500mm above existing ground level.

The county council and Anglian Water would manage the drains and a private company will look after the rest.



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