Fight to save Boston town centre street

Bank Street residents, customers and businesses have submitted an 850 signature petition against the permanent closure of the road. DJ
Bank Street residents, customers and businesses have submitted an 850 signature petition against the permanent closure of the road. DJ

MORE than 800 people have signed a petition objecting to the closure of a Boston street.

Lincolnshire County Council is currently consulting on whether to permanently close Bank Street.

However, the lane near Tates Fish Shop is often used by people to get from one end of town to the other without having to negotiate John Adams Way.

Businesses, residents and customers which use the street to access shops down Red Lion and Tunnard streets are now campaigning against the proposal arguing it will cut footfall and increase traffic along John Adams Way.

The petition was started by staff at Tates.

Angie Clark, staff supervisor, said: “It’s going to cut this end of town off. People aren’t going to want to take the long way round.

“People who use taxis are going to have to pay more to get here and those doing deliveries will have to spend more on petrol to ensure food gets to its destination fresh.”

The road has been closed for several months while works were carried out in the Market Place, following this it was closed again while repairs were carried out.

Other businesses down Tunnard Street have already been affected by the closure.

Janet Carter’s brother owns B.H. Bett’s family butchers, and she said he has started closing early due to the market works.

She said: “We have had a whole year of mess in this town – it’s just a waste of money to open full-time at the moment.”

Disabled resident Tonie Jaconelli, of Tunnard Street, said: “We have disabled cars and have to drive up here, park up, do the close-by shopping and then drive all the way round John Adams way to get into the Market Place.”

She also worried about access for ambulances during an emergency.

The campaigners have already submitted 450 signatures to the council and have collected about 350 more.

Gareth Milner, senior highways officer confirmed the council had received the petition.

He said: “The proposal to close Bank Street is out to consultation and will be advertised in the local press and on site during the summer.

“Upon completion of the advertisement period, all objections will be considered.”

The public consultation period is open until July 18.

l What do you think about the possible closure of Bank Street? Email your views to daniel.jaines@jpress.co.uk