Residents of Belton Road, Sidcup fed up with 'dangerous' and confusing' roadworks

'Someone is going to get killed' on Sidcup roads

Belton Road residents campaign against 'dangerous' roadworks

Doreen Payne, aged 62, feels 'trapped in her own home'

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News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A Sidcup resident has spoken of being "trapped in her own home" because of council regeneration works in the town.

Doreen Payne, aged 62 of Belton Road told News Shopper she is now loathed to leave home in the car as the improvement works have made her routes to everyday haunts like the gym "dangerous" and "confusing."

News Shopper: In order to ease congestion Bexley Council temporarily opened up one-way street, Hadlow Road to two-way traffic.

Mrs Payne said: "They made Hadlow Road into a two-way road but on May 16 a sign appeared to say this will be one-way again.

"What's happening is that some people are still going up there and turning round.

"Someone is going to get killed before too long - this is a major problem."

Mrs Payne spoke to Bexley Council who advised her to be patient.

She added: "These works have been going on for months.

"They have blocked off the left turn on a busy junction towards Black Horse Road - it makes it difficult to get anywhere.

"You're trapped in your own home."

News Shopper:

Traffic and public space improvements in Sidcup started in the High Street on January 20 and are expected to finish in September.

A Bexley Council spokesman said: "The normal one-way signs have now been put back and arrows have been temporarily painted on the road along the length of Hadlow Road, but we will look at putting up extra signs to ensure drivers are aware Hadlow Road is now back to one-way.

"However, it may be that some drivers are treating it as two-way intentionally, to avoid the diversion.

"We are asking the local police if they can provide some support on site to discourage this behaviour.

"Residents and businesses are encouraged to register at sidcup@bexley.gov.uk to receive email bulletins on progress and traffic changes.

"A series of letters and leaflets have been delivered to the residents and businesses, to directly notify them of key changes."

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12:28pm Tue 27 May 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Photographer..."righ
t love lets get a close up of you, Fold your arms, look mean"
Mrs Payne " like this"
Photographer " Yeah great" ... Takes photo, Photographer to himself "ah wind blew, her hair is all up in the air and all over the place, ah well, its Friday, need to get down the pub, that will do. It wont detract from the photo"
Photographer..."righ t love lets get a close up of you, Fold your arms, look mean" Mrs Payne " like this" Photographer " Yeah great" ... Takes photo, Photographer to himself "ah wind blew, her hair is all up in the air and all over the place, ah well, its Friday, need to get down the pub, that will do. It wont detract from the photo" PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 15

1:35pm Tue 27 May 14

cookster says...

Man, that photo is up there in the local newspaper hall of fame for me. It's got the lot.
Man, that photo is up there in the local newspaper hall of fame for me. It's got the lot. cookster
  • Score: 10

8:05pm Tue 27 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

If I say what I'm thinking I'll get blocked.
If I say what I'm thinking I'll get blocked. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0

10:57pm Tue 27 May 14

ron.1952 says...

I looked at that photograph of Mrs Payne and I thought my goodness that's one of my ex husbands. He used to pout just like that when he couldn't get his own way too.

Ron x
I looked at that photograph of Mrs Payne and I thought my goodness that's one of my ex husbands. He used to pout just like that when he couldn't get his own way too. Ron x ron.1952
  • Score: -4

9:07am Wed 28 May 14

paulbexleyheath says...

looks like a pantomime dame
looks like a pantomime dame paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 4

9:10am Wed 28 May 14

MsChevious says...

Gosh, how awfult o be trapped in your own home because you might be expected to read traffic signs if you leave! What is the world coming to!!

I assume Mrs Pouty McArmFold thinks that roadworks elsewhere are done using a magic wand and create no disruption whatsoever? Sometimes it's needed, suck it up.
Gosh, how awfult o be trapped in your own home because you might be expected to read traffic signs if you leave! What is the world coming to!! I assume Mrs Pouty McArmFold thinks that roadworks elsewhere are done using a magic wand and create no disruption whatsoever? Sometimes it's needed, suck it up. MsChevious
  • Score: 5

1:57pm Wed 28 May 14

Crayman says...

Is that an advert for "Mrs Browns Boys" ?
Is that an advert for "Mrs Browns Boys" ? Crayman
  • Score: 1

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