Cash for new roundabout?

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth.
Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth.
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Decades of misery for drivers using the A17 in Holbeach could be over if a £2.4 milllion bid for Government cash succeeds.

A long-awaited roundabout at Peppermint Junction, where the A17 merges with the A151, is the centrepiece of a project being championed by a group committed to boosting economic growth in Lincolnshire.

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has applied to the Government for cash under its Growth Deal programme which brings together public and private funding for capital projects in the county.

The bid was confirmed by Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth at a parish council meeting in the town on Monday, with a decision on whether the bid has been successful expected in January.

Speaking to the Guardian after the meeting, Coun Worth said: “A number of projects across the county have been submitted for Growth Deal funding through Greater Lincolnshire LEP.

“One of these projects is a proposed roundabout at Peppermint Junction where the A151 and A17 meet.

“This £2.415 million project will provide something much-requested in Holbeach, making access onto the A17 safer and reducing heavy traffic in the town.

“It would also unlock employment and residential land to the west of Holbeach which is nothing new as this has been part of the area’s local plan for some time.

“This is a major project, with potentially massive investment coming into Holbeach, that I have been lobbying for for some considerable time and I am hoping to get some good news in the new year.”