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Speed control blunder leaves residents fuming

PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

NOT SAFE’: Helen Hammond holding some of the debris from passing cars..

NOT SAFE': Helen Hammond holding some of the debris from passing cars..

FURIOUS residents have blasted a council for installing width restriction chicanes that are too narrow for normal cars to fit through. Bromley council was forced to shut Southborough Lane in Bickley less than one day after installing posts just 6ft 6ins

FURIOUS residents have blasted a council for installing width restriction chicanes that are too narrow for normal cars to fit through.

Bromley council was forced to shut Southborough Lane in Bickley less than one day after installing posts just 6ft 6ins apart last Friday.

The chicanes were initially placed there to stop heavy goods vehicles travelling over the weak bridge but even a Ford Focus could not fit through.

The bollards were put up right outside the house of art teacher Helen Hammond, 42. She said: "It's a joke. It is not safe, the cars have to come on to the pavement.We can't turn left on to our drive. It was opened last night at 5pm and by 6pm there were three wing mirrors and two tail lights on the floor and the posts were all scraped. I tried to help a man find his mirror but couldn't because I had too many.

"During rush-hour it was bedlam. People were shouting and beeping their horns and trying to turn around."

A spokesperson for Bromley council said: "We have installed the width restrictions in Southborough Road to stop vehicles over three tons using the bridge. They are designed to allow vehicles that are less than 6ft 6ins in width to continue using Southborough Road. Residents and businesses were informed about the works three weeks ago and warning signs were erected for passing motorists. The width restrictions are clearly signed and there are diversion signs in place for larger vehicles. They are designed to allow most motorists to continue using the bridge which is limited to vehicles less than three tons as advised by engineers."

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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