Fury as lorries park up in lane as work on new estate begins

Pictures of parking chaos in Green Lane, Clanfield, as work starts on a new 275-home development called Windmill View''''The lorry on the right hand side is moving but the lorry on the left is parked
Pictures of parking chaos in Green Lane, Clanfield, as work starts on a new 275-home development called Windmill View''''The lorry on the right hand side is moving but the lorry on the left is parked
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NOW that’s a tight squeeze – but villagers say this is becoming a regular occurance.

It started when work began earlier this month on a development of 275 homes off Green Lane, Clanfield.

Drivers say contractors are causing havoc by parking up huge lorries in Green Lane.

It has frustrated residents as they have spent months agreeing to the finer points of a traffic management plan, which stipulates where construction traffic can go.

John Vincent, of Oak Road, Clanfield, said: ‘All these lorries should be driven on site and unloaded which they have not done.

‘They are having to unload them out in Green Lane.

‘As a consequence lorries which use the lane are having to drive up on the pavement to get past. It’s also a bus route.

‘They assured us they would not turn left on the site down the lane towards the shops. They have reneged that. They are actually driving down towards the school.’

Having worked in construction, Mr Vincent said he could understand there are times when construction vehicles might have to park in the road.

But he said it should be marshalled.

He added: ‘You manage the traffic. You don’t let everybody get on like a free for all.’

Dave Woods, of Drift Road, said the problems had highlighted that Green Lane was too narrow to accommodate all the extra traffic. He said: ‘The road is not even classed as a C-class road.’

Will Parsons, a spokesman for East Hampshire District Council, said: ‘There is a traffic management plan which requires larger construction vehicles to turn north up Green Lane to reach the A3 and we expect the developer to comply with this.’

He added: ‘Alternative parking has been made available for lorries but they are not prohibited from parking on the roadside as long as they abide the normal rules of parking on the public highway.’

A joint statement from the developers said: ‘A meet the developer event is planned for the coming weeks as both David Wilson Homes and Bovis Homes put due consideration to neighbours high on their agendas.

‘At this early stage of construction one lane was obstructed briefly as a low loader delivered a large digger to the site.

‘Staff were on hand to minimise the disruption to residents as far as possible and the entrance to the site is being widened to accommodate larger vehicles.

‘We apologise for any inconvenience caused and both staff and contractors will be reminded of the importance of keeping the road clear at all times. We are committed to working closely in the communities in which we are building and this partnership approach will continue throughout the build process.’