Residents in drive to have their cul-de-sac widened

Pictured is Cllr Michael Muir with Mike Shepherd, local resident and long term campaigner

Pictured is Cllr Michael Muir with Mike Shepherd, local resident and long term campaigner - Credit: Archant

A CUL-DE-SAC which has seen residents’ cars damaged by other vehicles because of difficulty in manoeuvring, could be widened.

Residents in Beechwood Close in Baldock say they have been experiencing damage to their cars for the past 20 years due to the access in and out of the road and parking issues.

But their troubles could soon be a thing of a past, after plans were drawn up to widen the road.

Mike Shepherd, who has lived in Beechwood Close for the past 25 years, said: “I have had one car written off and new bumpers fitted to two new cars because of the way people reverse out of here and because of the road.”

Mr Shepherd also said two of his neighbours have had to be carried down the road because emergency services could not get up the road.

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“Access in and out of Beechwood Close has been an issue for the past 20 years, we have been very patient, campaigning and getting someone to listen to us to help us with the issue,” he added.

“We have lived in fear that emergency services would not be able to get to us because of the road layout.”

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Cllr Michael Muir is hoping the situation can finally be resolved and has carried out a consultation with residents on the initial plans, which have been drawn up by Herts County Council.

The road would be widened, this being made possible by moving curbs and drains.

Cllr Muir said: “Following my consultation, I will be able to feedback to county who will then carry out a further consultation on the plans with residents. I will then ask for detailed costing for its implementation.”

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