A neighbourhood is hoping a new permit scheme will bring an end to continual roadworks misery on their stretch of road.
Residents and businesses in Victoria Road, Oswestry are furious after eight sets of roadworks were carried out in just six months, causing traffic chaos, noise and parking problems.
But the new permit scheme, to be introduced by Shropshire Council’s highways department later this year, will mean utility companies will now need to apply for permission and pay for a permit to undertake repair work.
According to Claire Wild, Cabinet member for highways, it means utility companies are more likely to put projects together to take place under one time period and one permit resulting in less disruption for drivers, pedestrians and residents in future.
“This kind of situation highlights the benefits that will come from the introduction of a permit scheme for roadworks, meaning utility companies will need to apply for permission and pay for a permit to undertake repair work,” she said.
One elderly man, who lives at the centre of the problem area near The Co-op shop, said on more than one occasion he had been disturbed by a knock on the door late at night as he was going to bed.
The 89-year-old said: “This has been going on right outside my house for too long now.
“At half past 10 at night I’ve had workmen knocking on my door asking to check for a gas leak.
“It’s frustrating when they come and set up and then you don’t see them for a few days or a week.”
The latest roadworks, the ninth on record, were last Tuesday when temporary traffic lights were installed while Severn Trent Water fixed a burst water main in the footpath.
Neighbour Joanne Hughes agreed the roadworks had been incredibly disruptive as they often took place directly on her parking space opposite shop car parks, an area already known as a danger zone for bumps and near misses.
“The temporary traffic lights are put up right outside and it just makes a bad road even worse,” she explained.
Over six months from January 1 Shropshire Council recorded eight separate sets of roadworks on the small stretch of road: five carried out by Wales and West Utilities, two by Scottish Power and one by Severn Trent Water.
A spokesman for Wales and West Utilities said all the work had been necessary but apologised for the inconvenience.
“While it is unusual to have so much activity on one stretch of highway, all work has been necessary for safety reasons and to maintain service to customers.”
Victoria Street businesses hit by the roadworks are backing the scheme.
Karen Wareing, partner of The Furniture Shop and Car Shop Pit Stop DIY Centre, said: “These roadworks have definitely affected business so the new scheme sounds like a great idea.”