Motorists facing roadworks havoc in Boston
ROADWORKS will cause "havoc and stress" for motorists and businesses in Boston in the run up to Christmas, a local councillor has claimed.
A one-way system and road closures are set to be put in place in Tattershall Road until December while Chestnut homes work on a new development.
Councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright fear the roadworks will drive motorists out of the town at a time when businesses are hoping for a festive boost in trade.
Councillor Taylor said: "This extensive road disruption for such moderate works will have a significant effect on businesses and peoples' every day lives and while every effort will be made to finish on or before December 16, the havoc it will create will cause considerable stress to so many especially in the run up to Christmas.
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"How can we promote Boston for shopping with this happening when many will have to find alternative routes which will cause congestion elsewhere?"
Councillor Taylor added: "The sad part of all this is that it appears that no one really looked into the potential chaos that this may cause for such a long time and highlights the need for future scrutinisation of developers and their building plans in order to prevent such a lack of communication which would have gone a long way to alleviating the fears of so many."
Concerned residents and businesses met with Lincolnshire County Council highways department and Chestnut homes at the Unicorn Pub to discuss the roadworks.
"Tattershall Road is a major link road to so many other areas," Councillor Taylor said.
"As expected there were many concerns and, in some cases, anger regarding these road disruptions but the main concern was a lack of effective communication.
"Although no one was happy about the closures, I think all were aware that we had to make the best of the situation by trying to work together.
"Unfortunately there were some residents who were not happy at all with the development and feel that it should never have happened."
A full road closure will also take place in Tattershall Road for a minimum of one day in each of the weeks commencing October 21, November 11 and November 25, as the developer needs to position a crane on the road.
Chestnut Homes and Lincolnshire County Council Highways pledged that improved signs to help traffic during the work would be provided and all efforts would be made to keep traffic restrictions to a minimum.
Martyn Allen, network and development manager, said: "The traffic restrictions are necessary to keep motorists safe from the works and allow the developer a safe working distance from traffic, whilst minimising any adverse effect on the public and local traders.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused while these works are taking place and please allow extra time for your journeys."
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