Contractors to try and resurface Grantham road after parking confusion

The section of Swinegate in Grantham which was due to be resurfaced.

The section of Swinegate in Grantham which was due to be resurfaced.

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Contractors are due to return today to Swinegate in Grantham after they were unable to resurface the road because of parked cars.

Residents say they did not realise they were supposed to move their cars today because a letter sent to them by the county highways department was unclear.

Mark Heaton, area highways manager, said: “We carried out letter drops to residents on Swinegate a fortnight ago, notifying them of the works due to take place today to repair the road surface.

“We recognise the letter could have made it clearer that it was necessary to remove all cars from the road. Unfortunately this still wouldn’t have reached some individuals who leave their cars parked there for several days at a time, and may not live in the area.

“The contractors have been able to work in a different part of Grantham this morning and will return to Swinegate later today, where they’ll complete as much work as possible, although we anticipate there could still be problems with some parked cars.”

An area of Swinegate was due to be resurfaced near the junction with Church Street but this morning workers on site said they could not do the work while the cars were parked on the street.

Swinegate resident Paul Sugden, who has lived in the street for 12 years, said nobody had been asked to move their cars. He added: “Nobody had any idea they had to move their cars. There have been 20 to 25 contractors stood out there doing nothing. I am furious. This is a waste of taxpayers’ money. It is really poorly organised. The road should have been closed two days ago and they should have had signs saying ‘no parking’.”

Mr Sugden said many of the people who parked in the street were not residents but people working or going into town so they would not have received a letter from the highways department.

Another resident of Swinegate, Molly Oxer, said: “It’s a nightmare for parking here. We sometimes have to pay £4 to park in the car park across the road. We would have been happy to move our car. We were told if you need to use our car move it, but we were told we could leave it here if we didn’t need it. The road has to be done.”

The letter from Lincolnshire County Council highways to residents said: “The works will start at approximately 9am and the road will be closed until 4pm. No vehicular access will be during these times. Furthermore, the parking bays in Bluegate will also be suspended on this day. Therefore it is advisable to park outside of the closed section should you need access to your vehicle during this period.”