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Campaigners claim victory in fight to stop Boston rat run

New bollards installed on Wormgate, Boston.
Workmen L-R Pete Smith and Martin Dunne of May Gurney installing the bollards watched by Wormgate shop owners.

New bollards installed on Wormgate, Boston. Workmen L-R Pete Smith and Martin Dunne of May Gurney installing the bollards watched by Wormgate shop owners.

Campaigners have claimed success in their bid to stop a Boston road being used as a rat run – after bollards were put up to stop traffic.

For years drivers have ignored access-only laws in Wormgate which were supposed to stop them travelling along the narrow road, but two posts have now been erected near the junction with Fountain Lane to stop that happening.

Businesses along the historic street are hoping it will create a nicer environment for people visiting that part of town.

Jo Christmas, who owns Bizarro’s is one of the people who has supported the 25-year campaign.

She said the Wormgate community was delighted with the change and added: “It will be much more pleasant for potential customers to browse and much safer.”

The bollards, which have been put in as part of a Lincolnshire County Council scheme, are just one of a raft of measures to try to improve Wormgate and make it more welcoming for visitors.

Drainage issues which often meant buildings were splashed with water from large puddles have also been sorted.

Improved signage has also been put in place to warn people it is a primarily a pedestrianised area.

The plight of Wormgate was brought to the fore by Coun Carol Taylor last year, and she has been behind several projects in the area since then.

Jo said everyone in the area was very grateful for her input.

The councillor, who represents Witham ward, has now also turned her attentions towards raising the profile of Church Street.

She has set up a meeting with local businesses and other agencies to discuss it.

 

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