Parents appeal ‘sort out these danger roads’

Parents and children gather on Church Road, Boston, to appeal for better safety measures to be put in place on roads in the area.
Parents and children gather on Church Road, Boston, to appeal for better safety measures to be put in place on roads in the area.

Worried parents in the Skirbeck area of Boston are appealing for urgent road safety measures after several ‘near misses’ with speeding cars.

An online petition has been set up to appeal to Lincolnshire County Council for traffic calming measures along the 30mph-restricted Fishtoft Road, Church Road, Kingsway and Woad Farm Road.

Is it going to take a tragedy before something is done about it?

Charlie Giermak

Mother-of-one Chantelle Georgeson set up the petition to combat an increase in speeding and overtaking in that area. Parents walking their children to nearby St Nicholas CofE School, Boston Nursery and Hawthorn Tree Children’s Centre have responded saying they have ‘grave concerns’ for road safety there.

“I feel these roads are now all too unsafe to walk your children to school along,” Chantelle said. “The cars race down here and it’s really dangerous. There are so many blind spots where cars are pulling out of junctions - there have been several near misses.”

“My daughter is nine and she is coming of an age where she wants to walk to school herself - but I simply can’t let her do that.

Parent Katie Tyler described it as ‘a mission’ to get her children to school. “My four-year-old son fell of his bike in the middle of Fishtoft Road, and cars just swerved around him on a blind bend. It’s ridiculous.”

Resident Charlie Giermak added: “Is it going to take a tragedy before something is done about it?”

Those who support the petition say motorists have been mounting pavements in front of their children to get past cars, and speeding over Mount Bridge, straddling both lanes.

Chantelle added: “We’re not asking for a lot - just a couple of speed bumps, and maybe some more signs. These roads are 30mph - but they should really be 20mph because of the schools.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) said there have been ‘four serious injury collisions’ in the area in the last five years but added that ‘none were excessive speed related’ and added that a survey carried out in 2013 showed most were sticking to the speed limit. Should the borough council approach LRSP, he said, they could take up a Community Speed Watch initiative in the area.

He concluded: “In relation to an installation of crossing points, we do not have any data to support an installation at this time.”

To sign the petition visit http://epetitionslincolnshire.firmstep.com/petitions/