Claims plan for West Street would create ‘rat run’

PCSO Nigel Wass at the double yellow  lines which it proposed will be extended in West Street EMN-150918-151629001
PCSO Nigel Wass at the double yellow lines which it proposed will be extended in West Street EMN-150918-151629001

Controversial changes to parking regulation in two busy Horncastle streets could create a dangerous ‘rat run’, it has been claimed.

Double yellow lines could be extended - and some parking bays scrapped - in Bridge Street and West Street.

It follows talks between police and officials from Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department.

Town councillor Phil Cantwell says he is concerned about the safety of pedestrians - including pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School - as the speed of vehicles would increase.

Coun Cantwell, who owns a business in West Street, said: “I agree something has to be done about parking.

“However, if there’s no parking at all, some people would treat West Street as a race track.

“You wouldn’t believe the speed some drivers already travel at. It would become a rat run. It would be an accident waiting to happen.”

Councillors also expressed concerns extending double yellow lines would prevent homeowners from parking outside their properties overnight.

Town mayor Coun Angela Birchall pointed out restrictions would cause problems for delivery drivers.

Coun Brian Burbidge said he believed car owners would opt to park on Prospect Street which, he added, was already ‘choked’ with vehicles.