Residents' fury after access closed
ANGRY residents living in a Great Blakenham street were furious after an access route they have been using for the past 50 years was finally closed.Tenants of the former cement works houses in Chapel Lane say they can no longer get to their garages and caravans and are forced to park their cars on the busy main road.
By Amanda Cresswell
By Amanda Cresswell
ANGRY residents living in a Great Blakenham street were furious after an access route they have been using for the past 50 years was finally closed.
Tenants of the former cement works houses in Chapel Lane say they can no longer get to their garages and caravans and are forced to park their cars on the busy main road.
Disabled driver Cliff Dawson, 69, who is married to Barbara, also 69, said: "The gates were shut in the early morning and we haven't heard anything since.
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"I have a caravan and a trailer that I can't get access to. But unless you have a lot of money you can't fight these people.
"If our family wants to use the caravan I suppose we would just have to get in touch with the owners through their solicitors.
"I think it is totally wrong and a bit nasty."
His next-door-neighbour, a taxi driver from a four-car family is parking further up the road, but Mr Dawson said he is unable to do this because he is a disabled badge holder.
The handful of residents affected by the closure are urging the sites new owners, Onslow Suffolk Limited, to compromise.
"When Blue Circle owned the site the gates were locked but we used to have the combination of the lock," explained Mr Dawson, a former Blue Circle employee for 15 years.
"We would lock the gates behind us when we went out and when we came back in again. That is all we are asking for.
"When Blue Circle sold the site they should have emphasised that we were ex-Blue Circle employees who have to have access to their back gardens. It could be years even before the owners do anything to the land."