£20,000 driveway blocked permanently by A453 road improvements

worksA retired Clifton woman has had her driveway permanently blocked by the £150 million road improvement scheme to widen the A453.

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Ksenia Martin was made aware of the plans to build a roundabout near her home on Farnborough Road earlier this year but did not know to what extent the works would affect access to her driveway and home.

Mrs Martin, who moved into the house in June 2011, recently spent around £20,000 on having the driveway paved and gardens landscaped before she was told she would no longer be able to use her driveway.

Mrs Martin has made repeated attempts to sell the house but has not found a buyer. She said: “What I thought was going to be a quiet retirement has been very stressful indeed, it’s been very upsetting.

“I no longer have family visiting me, no friends visiting me, no one comes to my house because they can’t park.”

A permit has been provided for Mrs Martin to use a small car park to the side of her house but she says it isn’t good enough.

“It’s not ideal, there are normally lots of work vans parked here.”

“Even though it’s permitted I’m not even guaranteed a parking space.”

Construction on the road has been on going since January 7 of last year and will not be completed until either 2015 or 2016, according to The Highways Agency.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said they sympathised with Mrs Martin’s situation.

He added a public consultation was held before work started and plans showed the impact on Mrs Martin’s drive.

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