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Romford road closure causing trouble for businesses

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 28 February 2017

A road block means that lorries can no longer reverse into Cedar Road, which left one lorry struggling to reverse for two hours. Picture: Sharon Bull

A road block means that lorries can no longer reverse into Cedar Road, which left one lorry struggling to reverse for two hours. Picture: Sharon Bull

Sharon Bull

A temporary road closure which is due to be made permanent is having an effect on businesses, says a shop which has been open for more than 40 years.

Sharon Bull, of carpet and flooring contractors J Fitch Flooring Limited, Chesham Close, off the junction of Cedar Road, Romford, says she could not believe her eyes last week when a lorry dropping off materials ended up taking two hours to get out of the road because of a restriction in Cedar Road which will soon be made a permanent fixture.

She said: “Due to Cedar Road now being blocked off on the junction of Chesham Close, artics can no longer reverse into Cedar Road and then drive forwards towards North Street and out onto the main road.

“They have to hope that there are not too many cars parked and that they can reverse into one of the businesses forecourts to turn.

“Unfortunately there is no room to turn within Chesham Close.

“This is now a constant issue for all the businesses in Chesham Close.

“We appealed against the closure with the council but the road closure still went ahead and this is now going to be permanent.

“Children also use Cedar Road and it is not ideal to have artic lorries reversing into the side roads where they may not see them.”

Havering Council has been approached for a comment.


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