Police pledge to look into Queen Street ‘breach’

Queen  Street where, according to residents, more and more vehicles are flouting traffic regulations.
Queen Street where, according to residents, more and more vehicles are flouting traffic regulations.

Horncastle police have pledged to look again at ways of enforcing residents only parking regulations in a town street after claims the problem is worse than ever.

Police launched a crackdown a couple of months ago following claims that vehicles were using Queen Street - and neighbouring Foundry Street - as a rat run to avoid notorious rush hour jams on Boston Road.

But a resident, speaking at a meeting of the town council last Tuesday, appealed for police to take stronger action.

The man, who did not give his name, said: “I live on Queen Street and traffic is still a problem.

“I know from speaking to local PCSOs that police ‘specials’ have been put on it.

“I have seen them once which was at the time it was first brought up.

“It’s getting worse, especially with people cutting through at rush hour to avoid Boston Road. In fact, I’d say it’s worse then ever. It’s often the same vehicles.

“We’d all like something more to be done. I appreciate there is a problem with resources but it doesn’t take much for someone to be stopped.

“I would like the town council to back us up.”

Police were represented at the meeting by Inspector Phil Baker, who has just taken charge of the Wolds Division, and local beat manager PC Dave Mills.

Insp Baker confirmed that, depending on individual circumstances, drivers were committing an offence by using the two streets as a short-cut.

He said: “I know we have looked at this before but I’ll talk to the officers concerned and we will look again and see what we can do.”