Grantham resurfacing work left undone after confusion over cars

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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Resurfacing work due to be done today in Swinegate has not been carried out because people have left their cars on the road.

Residents say they received letters from the highways department to say the road would be closed today but they were not told to move their cars.

Swinegate was closed for resurfacing but the work was not done because cars were left on the road.

Swinegate was closed for resurfacing but the work was not done because cars were left on the road.

An area of the road was due to be resurfaced near the junction with Church Street but workers on site said they could not do the work while the cars were parked on the street. The contractors then left to go to another job.

Swinegate resident Paul Sugden, who has lived in the street for 12 years, said nobody had been asked to move their cars.

Mr Sugden 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.”

A 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.”