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Seven Dials dug up again weeks after 9-month revamp
The same Brighton roads are being dug up just weeks after a nine-month improvement plan was completed.
Roadworks have taken place twice near to Seven Dials in Brighton in the past week where the roads have just been re-laid following a project that cost hudnreds of thousands of pounds and caused traffic misery.
Seven Dials resident David Andrews, 35, said he had to put up with “huge” queues at the roundabout for months during the roadworks project.
“They told us it would make the roundabout safer as well as improve the look of the area so I tried to put up with the frustration.
“And now they are digging it all up again. You wonder ‘what is the point?’
“Why couldn’t they have done whatever it is they’re doing in the past nine months of road closures?”
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said |in the most recent works, changes have been made to a kerb on a corner in Dyke Road, outside Mishon Mackay.
She said there had been reports of drivers parking illegally and restricting larger vehicles from turning safely, The spokeswoman said the kerb had been altered to deter drivers from parking in a way which was “presenting a danger to all road users”.
She added: “The work was not part of the original scheme and action was taken as soon as the hazard was reported.”
The roadworks in Buckingham Place were to remove broken paving slabs and again the work was not part of the original Seven Dials scheme.
The spokeswoman said the damaged pathway was “noted” during the recent development of the area and “moves were taken to carry out the work as soon as possible to ensure the pathway is safe”.
The spokeswoman added: “Before work can begin on improvements outside the remit of the original Seven Dials scheme, the additional changes have to be approved and funding sourced.
“It is not unusual during major works for additional measures to be identified, or requested by the public, as the scheme progresses.”
Businesses were cautiously optimistic about the new scheme when the roundabout was finally opened just before Christmas.
Emma Carey, manger at Small Batch Coffee, in Dyke Road, said: “It’s been a long time coming. Our business was definitely affected by the long duration of the roadworks.
“It seems to be running smoothly, though there are still a lot of cars honking at each other.”
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