Village anger over main road blocked by floods
By Nottingham Post | Wednesday, January 02, 2013, 07:30
BESTWOOD Village residents have slammed the response to floods that have closed one of two main roads in and out of the village for 11 days.
Moor Road was closed for 11 days
The B683 Moor Road was first shut on December 20 at a dip close to the junction with Mill Lane after deep water gathered during heavy rain.
It was still impassable and closed to traffic yesterday, despite the efforts of Notts County Council workmen.
Villager Jack Ashworth said he had complained to the authority, which is in charge of maintaining roads in Notts, branding its response "unacceptable".
He said: "The closure of an important access route for 11 days, even without the intervention of Christmas, causing considerable detours to be necessary and potentially putting lives at risk with a possible delay of emergency services to the village is not acceptable."
He said he had been told by the council on New Year's Eve that officials still did not know when it would reopen.
Simon West, steward of Bestwood Village Social Club, in Park Road, said: "I've lost quite a bit of money because of it. It's been terrible.
"People have been travelling between the village and town at night in taxis costing £27-£30 a journey because of the diversion."
Pumps were earlier used and workers also tried to clear drains.
The road is the main route between the village and Nottingham via Hucknall Road.
Residents heading to and from the city are having to go through Papplewick Lane and Hucknall, a 4.4-mile diversion.
Chris Barnfather, county councillor for the area, defended the council, saying it had done "everything it could".
He said: "I've been out there twice – the last time on Saturday – and I got highways [officers] out and they spent Friday and Saturday there with shovels trying to clear the gulleys."
Mr Barnfather said he had "huge sympathy" for village residents and would push for a long-term solution to the problem.
Water drains from the site into the River Leen but progress had been slow , because the river was high, he said.
He added: "The reason they have kept it closed is purely a safety issue.
"Even while we had workmen on site we still had drivers trying to drive through, which isn't helping."
Denis Beeston, chairman of Bestwood St Albans Parish Council, said: "The lads from highways have been working their guts out in terrible conditions and fighting a losing battle.
"The county council is working on it and is going to try and develop a long-term plan."