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Council promised to install parking places in 15 days - it's been 157
RESIDENTS in one particularly tight corner of Swindon were told to expect a 15-day wait for new car parking bays in their cul-de-sac – but 157 days later they are still waiting.
Swindon Council told occupants in Moredon Park their road would be widened and 24 new parking bays installed within 15 days from May 13 this year.
The work began on time and went on at a scheduled rate, with 75 per cent of the bays completed, until workers uncovered a cable belonging to BT, which had not been accounted for in blueprints of the street.
The council, unable to interfere with the cable, downed tools and began a dialogue with the communications giant on resolving the problem.
Residents were last told of this on June 24 and have since neither seen any progress with work nor heard of any updates on the talks.
Councillor Oliver Donachie (Con, Haydon Wick) heard of this issue after his August election to the council.
He said that BT submitted a cost to have the cabling issue resolved to the council.
Resident Trevor Ibbitt, 69, is fed up with waiting for his new space.
He said: “When I arrived 15 years ago there was a petition to have the quadrangle widened on the grass side and I was very much for it.
“The road is so narrow there is only enough room for one car. There isn’t enough room for mirrors sticking out. I have had mine knocked off on three occasions.
“I have been on contact with Oliver Donachie and other residents have been in touch with the council, but it just goes on and on.
“All the barricades around have been knocked down. It’s a nightmare when the bin lorries try to get down this narrow road.”
Coun Donachie said: “We have no powers to ask BT to do anything. They were asked to do a costing for moving the cable.
“I would love to say I have an influence on how fast they have to do it but I can’t.
“We can’t touch their cabling. I am sure once it goes back to being under council control there will be no delay with finishing the work.
“Somebody will authorise that payment to BT, I just don’t know when that will be.”
A spokesman for BT said: “Openreach provided the council with a quote for the work to move our cables so the road widening could be completed in August.
“That quote has now been agreed by the council and work will get underway as soon as we are given the go ahead.”
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