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Safety concerns about road near University Academy Holbeach

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A woman was left in hospital with a fractured vertebrae in her neck after a head-on collision near a school.

Safety concerns in Park Road in Holbeach - as well as around the town’s other schools - will now be raised with highways chiefs in a bid to ease issues.

The crash took place between a Mini and an Audi in Park Road at about 7.50am.

Park Road, in Holbeach. (52214670)
Park Road, in Holbeach. (52214670)

Two double-crewed ambulances and a team of firefighters were called to the scene - while police closed the street to traffic from the University Academy Holbeach entrance up to the A17 while they dealt with the aftermath of the collision.

The driver of the Mini required hospital treatment for her injuries while police say the Audi driver escaped with ‘minor’ injuries.

Parish councillors have already expressed concern over Park Road and have requested a zebra crossing between Park Road cemetery and Carter’s Park.

A spokesman said: “The problems are worsened at school dropping off and collecting times as cars park along the road and restrict visibility. You also have children trying to cross the road between parked cars.”

County councillor Tracey Carter has given her support to the crossing idea and a survey will take place in the spring to see if it can be built - although the parish council has been told this would be ‘extremely costly’.

Coun Carter is due to meet with a highways representative on Tuesday, November 30 - and Park Road will be on the ‘long list’ of items on the agenda.

She said parking problems must be thought about more deeply, especially when schools are extended to cope with the growing population.

Coun Carter added: “That’s been the situation at UAH and, let’s be honest, along Boston Road when it’s school time is not good.

“There’s going to be an extension at the William Stukeley Primary School too. I think it needs to be a joined up conversation. When schools are extended, the parking needs to be extended to reflect that.”

Anyone with specific highways concerns - or ideas for potential solutions in Park Road - should raise them with Coun Carter before next Tuesday’s meeting.

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