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New Holbeach cycle network will become 'parking bays', bike rider fears




A Holbeach woman has questioned part of a £4million-£7million plan to improve the town and make it less "traffic dominated".

Mum-of-two Claire Cade, of Balmoral Way, claimed the creation of a new cycleway between Fleet Road and High Street would need to be enforced.

Claire, who regularly cycles around Holbeach, feared the cycleway planned as part of the town's Future High Street Fund (FHSF) bid to the Government would instead be used as "parking bays" by drivers, similar to the existing cycleway in Fleet Street.

Vehicles parked on the existing cycle path in Fleet Street, Holbeach.Photo supplied.
Vehicles parked on the existing cycle path in Fleet Street, Holbeach.Photo supplied.

"While I very much agree that cycle paths would be a good idea for Holbeach, I find it quite ironic that some of those we already have are unable to be used," Claire said.

"I live in the Fleet Street end of town and on all my journeys home by bike, I have to pedal around the vehicles that regularly park on the cycle path there.

"So I have concerns that money will be spent on what appears to be a good idea, but if no policing of the cycle path is enforced, then motorists will continue to use them as parking bays.

A cycle path in Holbeach already exists along Fleet Street.
A cycle path in Holbeach already exists along Fleet Street.

"The irony of all this is that Holbeach Police Station is only 50 metres away from the present cycle path, but proving absolutely no deterrent for illegal parking.

"I'm sure that I'm not the only Holbeach resident who has reservations about this project."

Backing for the FHSF bid, which is partly based on a Holbeach Transport Strategy published by Lincolnshire County Council in March 2019, was given by South Holland District Council cabinet members during a meeting three weeks ago.

A report prepared for the meeting said: "The Holbeach Transport Strategy identified the need for improved cycling access routes to the town centre.

"The east/west Fleet Road and High Street route has been identified as one that would see investment in physical infrastructure, alongside the introduction of speed restrictions to improve safety."

Coun Nick Worth, the district council's deputy leader who is leading the FHSF bid, said: "The particular cycle path referred to nearly always has parked cars on it, making it useless for cycling.

"I will be discussing this and parking enforcement with the county council's highways team as this cannot happen if we are serious about cycle lanes and want to encourage more cycling.

"We clearly need to find ways to enforce this and I will make it my mission to achieve that."



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