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It's X for exasperated for drivers

PUBLISHED: 14:41 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

CONCRETE PROOF: The blocks barring access to drivers.

CONCRETE PROOF: The blocks barring access to drivers.

WHILE X may mark the spot, there is no treasure in sight just yet for frustrated residents and motorists.

Instead, these concrete blocks are the latest weapon in the battle to stop traffic from continuing along private land, and are making locals even more cross.

WHILE X may mark the spot, there is no treasure in sight just yet for frustrated residents and motorists.

Instead, these concrete blocks are the latest weapon in the battle to stop traffic from continuing along private land, and are making locals even more cross.

The boulders installed at the Kirkley Rise/Asda roundabout junction are not only preventing them reaching the road but they have had to endure more than 18 months of legal disputes to open the road.

And plans to open the £850,000 link road in Lowestoft are still no closer to reality, despite the route being first mooted as opening in mid-2007.

For now, the completed road remains impassable as the debate rumbles on.

In June last year, The Journal told how the planned link road to connect Clifton Road car park to the relief road at Horn Hill was held up as legal negotiations continued between the landowners, Waveney council and Suffolk County Council.

The plans, which formed part of the connecting Kirkley infrastructure development project approved by the council in late 2005, had been established to encourage a link between South Lowestoft Relief Road and the Kirkley area.

In October 2007, and again last February, a Waveney spokesman confirmed that the process of opening the road was “moving forward”.

And there appeared to be a ray of light on the horizon recently when metal barriers were installed along the road.

But these have since been replaced, after efforts to block the junction led to fed-up locals removing the barriers to gain access to the road.

A Waveney spokesman said this week: “The boulders on pallets installed on the road in place of the steel barriers previously used have been placed to provide a more robust method of preventing traffic passing over private land whilst legal negotiations to open the road as the main entrance to Clifton Road car park continue.”

Once the route is finally opened, the road will not be a through route for vehicles to Clifton Road but it will instead provide a route from the relief road to the beach and the Kirkley shopping area.

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