Pub apologises to residents over parking blunder

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A MAJOR pub chain has ‘wholeheartedly’ apologised after workers’ vans blocked up a road causing misery for residents.

For weeks, contractors working on the new Denmead Queen pub, in London Road, Waterlooville, parked in Freshfield Gardens, a narrow, winding road north of the site.

But it was so clogged up a refuse truck could not get through and the bin collection had to be abandoned.

It was the final straw for residents who had complained to the site manager and Wetherspoons with no joy.

Administrator Jackie Brutnell, 52, said: ‘They were using it because Freshfield Gardens is the nearest road to the site where you can park for free.

‘They weren’t parking illegally but it was hazardous. One day my car had broke down on the motorway and I had to have it towed off by a lorry.

‘As we came to our road the driver said there was no way he could get down there. With all the vans parked there he said there would be no way a fire engine or ambulance could get through either.

‘It was quite a serious safety issue. It was from around 6.30am to 8am and they would leave between 4.30pm and 7pm.

‘When the dustbin men couldn’t get down there, that was the final straw.’

Scott Smith, 46, said: ‘It was a real nuisance but our main concern was that emergency vehicles would not be able to get in with all the vans parked there.’

After the bin collection had to be abandoned on Tuesday Mrs Brutnell complained to Wetherspoons again and the firm finally took action.

Yesterday there were only a few vans parked in the road.

Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said: ‘We would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the inconvenience caused.

‘We were made aware of this situation a couple of weeks ago and made it very clear to our contractors and subcontractors that they should not park in a way that causes problems for the local people in the town.

‘This was also minuted at a meeting by both parties.

‘However our request to them seems to have gone unheeded.

‘We will once again be making it quite clear to our contractors that this must stop immediately and we hope that this will bring the situation to an end.’