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Roadworks to create a controversial bus lane through Glen Parva are putting pedestrians and drivers at risk, it has been claimed.

Numerous official complaints have been made about the work on Leicester Road, which involves digging up pavements.

Jane Hemsley, 50, who lives in Leicester Road, said her 13-year-old daughter was unable to walk safely near her home and that mounds of earth piled up either side of her driveway also made reversing out of the house dangerous.

She said: "It's absolutely dreadful. It's dangerous to reverse out on to a 40mph road in any case, but with these mounds of earth blocking our view it's worse.

"The pavement is coned off and my daughter has had to walk on the road to get to our house. I've also seen other children and elderly people having to do the same thing.

"If we have to put up with six months of this it's going to be a case of an accident waiting to happen."

Jane has written to the county council to complain.

Another resident, Mary Dunn, has written to the council about the dangers for motorists and pedestrians going to and from houses along the road, as well as large areas being coned off even when work is not taking place.

Alan Bailey, county councillor for the area, said: "I've had six or seven letters about the problem and it's a serious concern.

"County Hall has said it is doing what it can but greater care needs to be taken to protect the residents along that road – the overwhelming majority of whom were against the bus lane from the start.

"It has always been our concern this was going to be a long-term project."

The work has only begun in the county council area so far, but Nigel Porter, a member of Leicester City Council, said he had received complaints from constituents.

He said: "A gentleman rang me up who had been driving into Blaby and saw an elderly person struggling to walk in the traffic and he was shocked by it. Unless the county council does something about it, someone's going to get run over."

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: "Ongoing excavation work means contractors are having to temporarily store some of the mounds of earth on the pavement and progressing to the next phase of work.

"The contractors will reduce the height of the mounds as a matter of urgency, as well as ensuring access to residents' properties by foot is provided.

"We're also going to be installing a temporary crossing to help pedestrians near the junction of Red House Road.

"We sent out leaflets ahead of the work and contractors have also got a public liaison officer who can be contacted on 07923 470376 or by e-mail and residents can call the contractor on a 24-hour customer service line on 07901 001863."

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'Someone will be run over'


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