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Residents worried that access road could ruin Dagenham cul-de-sac

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 January 2017

The residents of Rosemary Gardens are concerned about the plans to create a vehicular access to a proposed flats development next to their cul-de-sac

The residents of Rosemary Gardens are concerned about the plans to create a vehicular access to a proposed flats development next to their cul-de-sac

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An influx of cars and lorries caused by a planned new vehicle access could put lives at risk, residents of a cul-de-sac have claimed.

The residents of Rosemary Gardens are concerned about the plans to create a vehicular access to a proposed flats development next to their cul-de-sacThe residents of Rosemary Gardens are concerned about the plans to create a vehicular access to a proposed flats development next to their cul-de-sac

David Keith, who lives in Rosemary Gardens, Dagenham, believes plans by Lagonda Finance Corporation to link his road with land where new flats will be built must be stopped.

“We don’t object to them buying flats, as long as they don’t annoy us,” explained the 79-year-old. “More cars coming down this one-way street could be really, really dangerous, it will cause accidents.

“It’s a blind corner coming around the bend. I think cars will get damaged too.”

Lagonda’s plans, advertised in the Post last month, include developing land they have bought behind Texaco petrol station off Whalebone Lane South, demolishing the existing 36 garages.

The development includes creating vehicular access through Rosemary Gardens, which is currently separated from the land by a brick wall.

“The road is simply not wide enough for any more cars to come through,” added grandad-of-three David, a retired black cab driver who was lived on the road for 47 years.

“We have elderly people who need ambulances sometimes, they won’t be able to get through.”

His wife Jean Keith said: “There’ll be accidents galore, there’s just not enough room here.”

The campaign has already gathered the support of residents living in 26 of the 28 houses in the cul-de-sac, and David plans to submit his petition as soon as the plans have been submitted to the council.

Neighbour Peggy Doughty, 78, who has lived on the road with her husband Peter for 53 years said: “We bought these houses because we wanted to live in a cul-de-sac.

“This was my first home, I wanted somewhere safe for my child to play.

“There’s a strong sense of community here, people don’t stick their noses into each other’s business but we all support each other.”

A spokesman for agents Cooley Architects said the planning application was due to be submitted this week and he was unable to provide any further details at this stage.


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