‘You would think there had been a bomb scare’

Roadworks at Whaplode St Catherine
Roadworks at Whaplode St Catherine
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Rubbish has been piling up in Whaplode St Catherine and the roads have been described as cut off like a “major bomb incident”.

Kerbs are being raised at 10 properties and the work along Nutts Lane and the end of Cranesgate South should have taken a week.

But according to resident Richard Joyce, only two kerbs are finished and, for the second week in row, the refuse has not been collected.

Mr Joyce, of Nutts Lane, said: “It’s madness. The village has been closed off as if there has been a major bomb incident. You can’t get home.

“Traffic lights installed along 400 to 800 metres should have been sufficient for the workmen, but access is being denied at three junctions.

“The work should have been finished now, but nothing is being done.

“I work from home and apart from the rubbish situation there are problems with my deliveries.

“I have to go via Holbeach St John and Holbeach to get to Whaplode because it’s shut off so far along.

“I’d hate to think how much business the pub is doing.

“At the end of the day, it’s us who are paying for this. The council moans it never has any money, but how much is this costing?

“There are two men just sat in a van at the end of each junction turning people away. I’d like a job like that.”

Sue Cooper, senior highways officer at Lincolnshire Councty Council, said: “We’re currently raising a number of kerbs on Ravens Bank to prevent water from the highway collecting in people’s driveways. The road closure is necessary so the work can be done as quickly and safely as possible, and we do have operatives on site to ensure that vehicles are observing it.

“While the closure is in place, the road is only open to residents and people who need access to properties within it, and this includes services such as waste collection.”

A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “Our refuse collectors have been unable to gain access to some homes in Whaplode 
St Catherine due to roadworks.

“Any residents affected by this are asked to leave their rubbish at the airfield end of Nutts Lane, close to the junction with Jekil’s Bank.

“We will aim to collect any rubbish from this location shortly.”