Residents in North Hinksey are unhappy that a section of North Hinksey Lane will remain closed until late April while Thames Water carries out essential sewer repairs.

North Hinksey Lane will see a rolling road closure until the end of April, meaning that residents will only be able to drive through the works at certain times of the day. About 100 residents will be affected by the essential flood prevention scheme, which will see road closures between 8am and 5pm every day.

Thames Water has provided a temporary car park for the residents to park their vehicles in while the works are carried out. There was some indication that a relief rood may have been provided while the sewers pipes were replaced but this did not come to fruition.

Thames Water spokesperson Natalie Slater confirmed that a relief road had been mentioned but residents were never promised this would happen, she said:

“We’ve done our best to minimise disruption while still getting the work done as efficiently as possible. We’re really sorry for the disruption this will cause, but it is essential we get this work done.”

Local businesses will be able to apply for compensation due to loss of earnings while the works are carried out.

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