10:23AM, Friday 29 April 2016
The owner of a bed and breakfast has hit out at developers over roadworks which have stopped her turning right from her property.
Angela Staszewski, who has run the Bridge Cottage Lodge for 26 years with her husband Michael, woke up to a ‘shock’ on Monday morning when she found part of the access to the building blocked off.
The works are for Berkeley Homes’ Taplow Riverside development in Mill Lane, which includes a new roundabout on the A4 as well as extensions to the footpath with a cycle lane.
Angela said: “I can’t believe they’ve done this. It’s atrocious.
“I came outside Monday morning to find workmen blocking the road, so now I can’t do a right turn. If I want to go to Slough I have to go left, turn around at the roundabout and come back on myself.
“We have guests at our lodge and delivery vans in the week, how are they going to get in and out safely?
“It’s all been a shock, we knew there was going to be disruption but we wish they would have come clean and told us before. It’s unacceptable and there’s been no consideration for us.”
The former Skindles hotel and Taplow Paper Mill site is set to be transformed into nearly 200 new homes as well as offices and a restaurant. A footbridge linking the Taplow riverside site to Boulters Lock in Maidenhead will also be constructed.
A letter to residents written on Wednesday, April 20 from Berkeley Homes said the carriageway had to be realigned and works would take six weeks to complete.
Caroline McHardy, land manager at Berkeley Homes said: “We wanted to keep the A4 road open throughout the works so we can keep the traffic flowing.
“We have a phased approach and we are currently on stage four and it’s nearly complete, but we are going as quickly as we can.
“The roundabout is open eastbound but not westbound as there is a height difference from the roundabout to the A4.
“We have offered her (Angela) our assistance and we have sent out another letter to the neighbours.
“Our priority is for the A4 to stay open and it should be open from June and finished from July/August.”
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