Fears new homes near Pilgrim Hospital will create ‘traffic trap’

Vehicle main entrance to Pilgrim Hospital on A16 Boston.
Vehicle main entrance to Pilgrim Hospital on A16 Boston.

Fears have been raised that a development of 82 new homes in Boston will create a ‘traffic trap’ near the entrance of Pilgrim Hospital.

Sibsey Road resident Maria Serrano raised the concerns about Larkfleet Homes’ plans for land behind the grade II listed Burton Hall.

The development includes an access onto Sibsey Road and Mrs Serrano, whose husband is a GP and also works in the out of hours service at the Pilgrim, expressed worries about the knock-on effect.

She told The Standard: “Our main concerns are that we feel the development is not sustainable in that field with the amount of traffic it will generate on an already-busy road. Considering it’s the A16, already busy with traffic going to the hospital, the port, Sibsey and Stickney – where there are going to be future housing developments – we feel this road will become another traffic trap for the town.

“It’s going to be another hotspot.”

She worries the roads of the new estate will be used for parking for the busy hospital and fears extra traffic may encourage even more people to use Pilley’s Lane as a ‘rat run’.

“The entrance to this development is going to be opposite the entrance to the hospital, so with many cars coming from town and having to turn right into the development, it’s already quite narrow so we feel that traffic is going to be queued up all the way into town.

“If an ambulance came in from Burton Corner it could end up being stuck behind three or four cars.”

Larkfleet says the homes are ‘much needed, high quality dwellings’ and has amended its original plans down from 100 properties to include more open space.

It has also removed an entrance onto Wainfleet Road.