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Road works misery for St Albans residents
Major works to install a water main in St Albans is already causing misery for residents and drivers nearby.
For 15 weeks the top of Hillside Road will be closed, while Avenue Road has been closed as part of a second phase to install a water main which is due to be completed in the middle of November.
Drivers are currently being diverted via Sandpit Lane, Hatfield Road, Lemsford Road and St Peter’s Street.
Avenue Road resident Lisa Buckingham, 57, said since works started it has been "absolutely awful".
The mother-of-two said: "The streets are jam packed with nowhere to park.
"There is about 120 metres of road shut off to residents and many of us can no longer park on our drives or outside our houses.
"Me and my husband share a car and my two daughters have a car. This means we have been forced to park considerably further up the road where much of the available space is double yellow lines and used by residents there.
"The situation will become more difficult as the works move down the road, as the residents of blocks of flats and cul-de-sacs will be forced out onto the road.
"I just would have liked to have been properly informed. The disregard for residents is breathtaking."
Mrs Buckingham said her family and neighbours did not receive a letter beforehand informing her of the works and if she had, she could have been more prepared.
She said works have been starting at 7 to 8am and going on until 11pm and noise has been disruptive on Sunday.
Mrs Buckingham said: "As a resident we really didn’t know what was going on.
"This morning we had our dustbins collected and no one came by to collect them so my husband had to chase the dustbin men down the road. Because of the closure my neighbours rubbish was not even collected.
"There has been a lack of co-ordination and organisation. Heaven forbid if there was an emergency and an ambulance had to get down the road."
An Affinity Water spokesperson apologised said: "We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused while we are working in Avenue Road, St Albans. We are installing a new water main which will enable us to continue serving the local community for many years to come.
"Residents in the surrounding streets have been notified of the work with details of the diversion route by letter and signage was put up in advance along the affected streets.
"We would like to thank residents and commuters for their patience while we carry out this work."
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