Plea for action over road blocked for two months by collapsed wall
FRUSTRATED residents are still calling for their road to be cleared after it was blocked by rubble when a wall collapsed in December.
There are still metal barriers at the corner of Swain's Avenue and Carlton Road, Bakersfield, and rubble scattered across the footpath and road.
The retaining wall collapsed after heavy rain on Sunday, December 30.
Residents say they haven't had any information about the future of their road.
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Susan Holmes, 61, has lived there for 20 years. She said: "You can just about walk down there to get to the bus stop.
"My partner drives and he has to keep going around via Watson Avenue and Cardale Road.
"When you get a taxi, it's another £1 more.
"It's disgusting being like that for all this time. No one has spoken to me.
"It needs to be cleared and they need to let us know what's going on. It's getting ridiculous now."
The property is thought to be owned by a private landlord and rented out but when the Post visited the house no-one was in.
Cheryl Beckwith moved into her house in Swain's Avenue in February and said the road blockage had made moving in more difficult.
The 30-year-old added: "My dad has phoned on my behalf and they said it's very complicated. In January, they said it [building] was starting next week.
"It's two-and-a-half months. No-one has been in touch at all – they're not the ones who have to keep driving round. It's only adding five to 10 minutes, but it is an inconvenience."
Shaun Thompson, 41, who also lives on the road, said: "Apparently the builders are coming next week. It's been like that for ages.
"It's costing £10 in fuel every week to go the long way round. Everybody has been trying to get in touch with the council.
"It's very annoying and it's harder to get out at the other junction."
Councillor Gul Nawaz Khan said residents would be informed of the situation in the next week, despite the council still being unsure of the future of the road.
He added: "The residents did contact me and the other councillors. I've been told not just the wall but even the property might be sliding and it is too dangerous to open the road at the moment.
"I did phone the people who contacted me to tell them what is happening.
"We are going to let them all know what is happening - we are going to send them letters in the next week."