Road closure anger

PUBLISHED: 09:06 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

PORTISHEAD residents say they are fuming after the street in which they live was closed without warning.

PORTISHEAD residents say they are fuming after the street in which they live was closed without warning.

Roath Road was closed to traffic and a diversion put in place, to allow utilities work to be carried out in the lower half of the road last week.

People living in the one way street say they were not notified and were therefore not prepared for the chaos it caused.

Roath Road resident and Portishead town councillor Ron Hazelton said: "I am appalled that the first we knew of the closure was when the workmen turned up.

"I would have expected the 30 or so residents to be personally informed and given some warning."

Even though the road is one way, during the three-day closure many motorists used the top half of the street, the outgoing junction on to Slade Road, for two way traffic to allow them to continue using a public car park.

Cllr Hazelton said residents feared for the safety of their cars parked outside their own homes as drivers ignored the no entry signs, driving down the one-way street the wrong way to access the car park.

A spokesman for Bristol Water, Jeremy Williams, said: "We are sorry if this has caused any inconvenience but a notice did appear in the local press giving details of the road closure."

As snow and bad weather brought the work to an abrupt end on January 5, a further road closure is expected in the near future to allow completion of the work.

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