LETTER: Holbeach Transport Strategy not as important as sewage problems
Whilst it its good to hear the residents’ views on the Holbeach Transport Strategy (and they are noted) the reality is that enacting them is rarely so simple as outlined by your reader Des Ford and I will endeavour to respond to his points.
I acknowledge that business rates are too high in relation to those paid by other forms of retailing but are part of council and government funding and the council now seek other ways to raise income and some relief is given in certain circumstances.
To create a one-way system has some merit until you consider diverting traffic down Edinburgh Walk or St John’s Street/Barrington Gate. I suggest it would not be popular with those residents.
To provide free, unrestricted, car parking sounds fine but with the growth of flats whose owners often have cars, this means that shoppers are discouraged from coming into town, unless there are spaces.
The long term car park is taken up all day if it is free all day.
Unfortunately, the cut through the car park was closed on safety issues and there are ramps at entrances that were ignored by a few to the detriment of the majority.
The purchase of land behind The Chequers has been looked at - now that the building is to be 11 flats they will obviously need their car parking.
As important as the Holbeach Transport Strategy is, it fades into some insignificance when compared to the misery caused to hundreds of residents over the past week by the failure of the town sewage system being able to cope with the unprecedented rainfall over the last week.
It is now obvious that a sewage system installed in the early 1960s is no longer capable of dealing with the present, let alone the 2,000 properties that are planned.
The recent Government legislation that allows surface water to be piped into the sewage system is a recipe for disaster and will make properties either uninsurable or unsaleable.
Coun Francis Biggadike