Ex-special constable warns of ‘serious accident’ in Rasen

Peter Hickin says the narrow John Street should be pedestrianised EMN-150728-080619001
Peter Hickin says the narrow John Street should be pedestrianised EMN-150728-080619001

A former police special inspector has warned ‘there will be a serious accident’ if something is not done about Market Rasen’s narrow roads and pavements.

Peter Hickin, who spent 25 years in the specials, is campaigning for John Street to be pedestrianised and Dear Street and Kilnwell Road to be made one-
way.

Mr Hickin, 88, says people with prams and mobility scooters are forced to walk on the road because the paths are not wide enough.

And to make matters worse he says drivers travelling from the Middle Rasen direction are using Dear Street and Kilnwell Road as a ‘rat run’, avoiding the town centre traffic lights on their way to Tesco.

He said: “If something isn’t done there’s going to be a serious accident, I can assure you.

“I can see danger. Traffic coming into Market Rasen from the west (Middle Rasen) are using Dear Street and Kilnwell Road as a rat run to get to Tesco - but they don’t go back that 
way.

“People with prams and mobility scooters have to walk on the road with the traffic coming behind 
them.”

And Mr Hickin believes Dear Street is not ‘fit’ for the amount of traffic it is now 
taking.

He says he has written to the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and plans to contact Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department.

He said: “People have a lot of problems.

“John Street should be pedestrianised.

“And you shouldn’t be able to turn into Dear Street from King Street, it should be one-way - that road is unfit for the traffic it’s taking.”