An independent councillor has blamed Central Beds Council’s “arrogance” for making Park Road, Dunstable, where motorists are regularly driving on pavements, dangerous.
Neal Reynolds, who claimed he was misled by the council when nearby Downs Road was made one-way in June, said that Park Road is “utterly unsuitable” for coping with the subsequent increase in traffic.
Motorists have been cutting the corner of Great Northern Road to turn into narrow Park Road to avoid oncoming traffic on the blind bend.
Mr Reynolds said: “Following the implementation of the road changes to Downs Road by Central Bedfordshire Council the residents of Park Road are experiencing a nightmare. As the council, through their arrogance, caused this problem then they should admit their mistake and rectify it.”
Nearby resident Michael Jayes took pictures of various cars driving on the pavement to cut into the narrower – but two-way – Park Road.
He said: “This situation must be addressed before some child gets knocked over or there is a head-on collision.
“Yes, this problem was there previous to the one-way system, but we are now seeing a huge increase in these incidents due to almost constant traffic now using Park Road as a cut through.
“Downs Road is lovely now it’s actually like their very own car park for the residents.
“I for one will not stop until something is done to help Park Road’s chaos that the council has brought about.”
The problem has also caused a stir on social media websites.
Facebook user Adam Tompkins said: “To turn left into Park Road from either end is impossible without swinging out onto the other side of the road to turn in without either clipping the pavement or cutting onto the other side of oncoming traffic on Park Road.”
Alison Williams said:”I walk down Great Northern Road to work, I nearly got run over by a car turning left into Downs Road.”
Pen Ort added: “Why would anyone go down Park Road? It’s a few feet more to go onto the A5.”
Councillor Brian Spurr said: “The scheme only came into effect very recently so it is difficult to comment.
“When I took the decision to implement these measures our priority was to keep roads safe and address the traffic level in Downs Road which was unacceptably high for a residential road. I made the decision after listening to the views of local residents and considering all the information presented by officers.
“We will be monitoring the effectiveness of the scheme, including the impact on surrounding roads, over the coming months.”