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Holbeach councillors call for action on accident blackspot

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The speed limit near a notorious accident blackspot should be reduced, say councillors.

Holbeach Parish Council are calling for the 60mph speed limit around Saturday Bridge to be reduced following a series of accidents.

The council will be writing to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department to raise concerns about the crossroads, which links B1168 Ravens Gate with the B1165 Raven’s Bank.

Saturday Bridge at Holbeach (52975540)
Saturday Bridge at Holbeach (52975540)

Coun Dr Peter Howden said: “There have been several accidents recently (at Saturday Bridge). It is dangerous. The speed limit is 60mph in all directions and people don’t slow down there.

“There have been several occasions when cars have ended up in the dyke.”

He also called for an illuminated sign close to the bridge to be reinstated.

Concerns were also raised by councillors about the number of cars parking on High Street, which also cause an obstruction for larger vehicles passing through the town.

The road does have double yellow lines which are ignored by motorists.

Coun Sam Favell said it was a ‘nightmare’ with people parking there for a long time.

She said: “After 4pm it is a car park.

“There are a number of takeaways who have two to three drivers each. They are not going to park at Boyes car park each time they come back for a delivery.”

The meeting heard that county councillor Tracey Carter was looking into this issue.

Vice-chairman Sophie Hutchinson said: “Going down there at 4pm buses, etc, struggle to get through.”

Coun Isabelle Hutchinson suggested asking South Holland District Council to reopen the Boston Road Car Park at night.

l The council had previously asked about a crossing in Park Road in a bid to tackle parking issues around University Academy Holbeach.

Coun Carter has requested the crossing and a study will be held next year.

l Members were also informed of problems at the Carters’s Park toilets, where youths had been climbing on the roof and someone had defecated into the urinals.

l Teacher Mark Murpet has been co-opted onto the council.

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