EDITOR - Further to your lead article (May 9) on the speeding problems on the Boston Road.
This situation has existed for a long, long time but still the trite excuses continue to be put out by the various parties responsible for, and perfectly able, to take action - like “we are monitoring the situation” - “only one slight accident in three years” (? but how many near misses ?) - “awaiting the result of a Nationwide survey” etc etc.
All this does is to put out a smokescreen of complacency that prevents that particular agency or individual from any form of criticism for NOT performing their job and duty to the public, effectively !
What is needed NOW is some speedy, effective action to resolve the problem BEFORE somebody really does get seriously hurt or killed - it is pointless bleating on and on, and literally waiting for something awful to happen before anything is done.
‘Prevention’ is always better than ‘cure’ - and it is not rocket science or necessarily expensive to install sensor operated “Slow Down” (or similar) signs like they have at West Ashby, which appear to be effective in slowing down the speed of traffic going through the village.
Even in the wilds of New York, en route to Boston, there are such signs - and they are not in a heavily built up area, and you can see a considerable distance ahead.
If they can do it WHY can’t it be done in Horncastle?
Equally dangerous - and an accident waiting to happen is the idiotic, pointless and expensive mini roundabout on the Louth Road.
Traffic travelling towards the town rarely (if at all) slows up, and it is mainly recognisable local drivers that are ignoring both the speed limit AND the “Slow” signs - and I have witnessed several near misses with traffic emerging from the Stanhope Road, wishing to turn right towards Louth.
Vehicles rarely go ‘round’ the roundabout, but drive straight across it anyway - as the tyre marks showing will confirm - and this monstrosity has made that part of the town far more dangerous than it ever was before installation.
Very little traffic emerges from the entry towards Bells yard - and “Halt” signs would have worked just as well - even though a clear view towards the town is difficult because of parked vehicles.
At school delivery and collection times the dangers are increased by inconsiderate, dangerous parking that not only clogs up that part of the approach to the roundabout, but now extends dangerously to block Hemingby Lane into a single width section of road - with all the problems that are caused when lorries are tying to turn from the Louth Road into the lane.
What IS required is more action and less time wasting waffle, and I think that “to do nothing” is a far more heinous crime than at least trying to do something that may alleviate the situation, AND prevent a tragedy happening as well.
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