MP weighs in on Holbeach speeding campaign with call for new survey

Amelia Pack with Holbeach parish councillor Kelly Wilson and other campaigners for a speed limit reduction on Spalding Road, Holbeach, near William Stukeley Primary School where four people were hurt after a car crash in January.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Amelia Pack with Holbeach parish councillor Kelly Wilson and other campaigners for a speed limit reduction on Spalding Road, Holbeach, near William Stukeley Primary School where four people were hurt after a car crash in January. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A schoolgirl and mother campaigning for a busy Holbeach road’s speed limit to be cut have won support from the town’s MP.

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, has asked Holbeach Parish Council to push for a new speed survey to be carried out along a 40mph stretch of Spalding Road, Holbeach.

It doesn’t make sense to me that a 40mph speed limit is right next to a school and I think the safety of children comes before anything else

Holbeach parish councillor Kelly Wilson

Amelia Pack (10), who lives in Spalding Road and goes to Holbeach Primary Academy, has asked for “either permanent speed cameras” or a lower speed limit on the road where four people were hurt after a two-car collision in January.

In a letter to our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, last month, Amelia said: “I think the speed (limit) on (Spalding Road) is awfully high.

“Children, teenagers and adults walk across this road, enraged about how fast people are going in their vehicles.

“At the moment, the limit varies between 30mph and 40mph, but people think they can sneak another 10mph.

“The last time the speed limit was set for Spalding Road was in 1982 and many other people have tried sending letters to Lincolnshire County Council, but it has still not changed anything.

“If the county council got a letter from me, a child, I’m hoping it may bring about a small change (by) either permanent speed cameras or a reduction in the (speed) limit.”

Mr Hayes was contacted by parish councillor Kelly Wilson who, along with her five-year-old son, were almost hit by one of the cars involved in the collision on January 6.

Coun Wilson said: “I wrote to Mr Hayes initially thinking that I wouldn’t get an answer.

“But he replied straight away and said he was really sorry to hear about me and my son’s near miss.

“I told him that many of us who walk with our children down Spalding Road don’t feel it’s safe and, at the moment, the suggestion from Lincolnshire County Council is for a speed survey to be done.

“It doesn’t make sense to me that a 40mph speed limit is right next to a school and I think the safety of children comes before anything else.”

Writing to Holbeach Parish Council, Mr Hayes said he had been advised by county highways officials that “the criteria has not been met to reduce the speed limit to 30mph for Spalding Road”.

But Mr Hayes told the Free Press: “My suspicion is that the data isn’t current and since that time, the volume of traffic using the road would have grown.

“But it’s also important to take a view as to whether speed over that time has increased and for those reasons, I think a new speed survey is a good thing to do.

“Once it’s done, we can consider whether there are any measures as regards safety that can be taken.”

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