A BUNGLING council has blasted taxpayers’ money on a ‘random’ traffic island that has prevented local residents from turning into their driveway.
The traffic-calming eyesore was meant to slow down young racers, but locals on Dixon Street, Wolverhampton have branded it a complete ‘monstrosity’.
Wolverhampton Council has paid for the island to improve safety, but locals have claimed the bizarre creation is more likely to cause accidents.
Balvinder Sond, 46, claims he can no longer turn his van onto his driveway without clipping the island’s edge.
He instead has to drive down the street to do a U-turn, slamming it as an “absolute joke”.
Balivinder said: “I don’t have any issues with speed bumps, but that’s on another level.
“It will cause an accident, not stop one. I’ve complained to the council so many times but they just said ’email me’. Then they ignore it.
“It’s impossible to guess what the point of it is.
“It’s a long road and this part of it is wide and with good visibility. In the 10 years that I have lived here, no accident has happened here.
“It’s down the road where there’s a corner that’s a danger zone. But not that part.”
His wife Nanjinder, 39, told how she was abused by impatient motorists as she struggled to park in her driveway now.
She said: “Just last week a driver honked his horn and swore at me. But it’s not my fault that I can’t park easily anymore.
“It’s a danger and an inconvenience.”
Sets of speed bumps have already been installed on the road, which is said to be one of the widest in the county.
But residents were furious when the ten-foot-tall island was installed without warning last month.
Kamaljit Caur, 37, said: “They showed up last month and have just started work.
“No one here could believe it when they were done. It’s a monstrosity.
“It’s awful to open the front door and look at her. The worst thing is that there is simply no reason for it.
“There are trucks that don’t come by and I expect there will be an accident where a car goes over the curb and crashes.
“It’s causing more problems than before.”
Wolverhampton Council welcomed the traffic calming measures, which it said were “aimed at reducing vehicle speeds and collisions causing personal injury”.
A spokesman for the council said: “The varying width of the carriageway at Dixon Street means the number of speed pads must also vary.
“However, it is not always possible to bring a whole set of pillows across the street.
“In such circumstances, we can introduce a central splitter island of appropriate width to ensure traffic calming stays within specification.
“Sliver Island contains ‘Keep Left’ signs that must inform drivers to drive on the left side of the island. Violating the ‘Keep Left’ signs is a criminal offense.
“We appreciate that Shard Island will prevent a small number of residents from parking on the street directly in front of their properties.
“However, there is ample, unrestricted on-street parking near Dixon Street.
“The City of Wolverhampton Transport and Road Safety Council will monitor the effectiveness of the program over the coming months.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8734091/park-drives-council-blocked-giant-speed-bump-island-joke/ We can’t park in our driveways after the council blocked them with a giant traffic island and speed bumps