Cinderford residents given 3pm deadline to stop bridge blockade

Yesterday police were called when residents used their cars to blockade the small bridge over a stream which they say was built 60 years ago so householders could park their cars at the back of their homes.

Police left when the residents moved a car blocking an access lane to allow a digger in to flatten a bund built last year to stop residents parking on the side of the track at the rear of their properties. But they kept their cars on the bridge and the council workers left.
esidents say they cannot park their cars at the front of their homes because it is a main road through Cinderford with double yellow lines and accuse the council of using safety as an excuse.

They believe the council want to close the bridge in case it impacts upon an access to an industrial area next door which has been earmarked for housing as part of the controversial Northern Quarter development.

A spokesperson from the Forest of Dean District Council said: “The bridge at Steam Mills located on Forest of Dean District Council owned land has been assessed by a qualified structural engineer and found to be structurally unsound.

“The council’s first interest is the safety of people using the bridge and as result has decided to close the bridge to vehicles. We are working to provide a temporary solution to enable residents to park close to their homes and to find a longer term resolution.”

Yesterday police described it as a civil dispute.