Meanwood junction roadworks: Bins left uncollected and deliveries being missed as Leeds suburb in 'chaos'

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Businesses in a Leeds suburb have said that ongoing roadworks are causing bins to be left uncollected and preventing deliveries from being made.

Ongoing roadworks in Meanwood have been causing “chaos” for residents in recent weeks due to the huge queues of traffic and confusion over how to navigate around the temporary gating and crossings.

A number of business owners have now said that the works, which are being carried out on Meanwood Road, Stonegate Road, Monk Bridge Road, Green Road and Stainbeck Avenue, are making it impossible for deliveries to be made and for their bins to be collected.

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The scheme, which is set to cost Leeds City Council in the region of £740,000, is designed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety and includes the introduction of wider footways, signalised junctions and crossings and a cycle lane.

The works have been taking place since March but issues have been “much worse” in recent weeks.

Pictured (left to right) Baz Phillips, (Joint owner of Terminus), Tom Kirkham-Walker (Lead-Brewer at Terminus), and Graeme Phillips, (Joint owner of Terminus).Pictured (left to right) Baz Phillips, (Joint owner of Terminus), Tom Kirkham-Walker (Lead-Brewer at Terminus), and Graeme Phillips, (Joint owner of Terminus).
Pictured (left to right) Baz Phillips, (Joint owner of Terminus), Tom Kirkham-Walker (Lead-Brewer at Terminus), and Graeme Phillips, (Joint owner of Terminus). | James Hardisty

At bar and taproom The Terminus, which is situated up a side road off of Stonegate Road, business has been “significantly impacted”.

Co-owner Graeme Phillips said that he had urged the council to ensure there was a temporary loading bay at the bottom of the street to allow for deliveries and collections during the consultation period for the works. But, he said, he remains unsure of whether there will be one or not as “the plans seem to be constantly changing”.

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Mr Phillips said: “The way they have designed the junction they have made the road narrower so even just having something as simple as having a delivery will be a big problem.

“I’ve spoke to the council and staff and the plans seem to change. They don’t seem to know what their own plans are.”

Meanwood has been faced with "ridiculous" traffic issues in recent weeks due to the ongoing roadworks.Meanwood has been faced with "ridiculous" traffic issues in recent weeks due to the ongoing roadworks.
Meanwood has been faced with "ridiculous" traffic issues in recent weeks due to the ongoing roadworks. | James Hardisty

He added that while the works have been going on his and other businesses up the side road have not had their bins collected.

He said: “The bin lorries aren’t able to stop because if they did then it would completely stop all of the traffic.

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“It leads to a huge pile of rubbish building up and then when we call the council to come they get it and then don’t come again.”

He added that takings had been “significantly down” from the same time as last year.

The roadworks have made it "like an obstacle course" to get around MeanwoodThe roadworks have made it "like an obstacle course" to get around Meanwood
The roadworks have made it "like an obstacle course" to get around Meanwood | James Hardisty

Up the road at The Junction owner Hannah Beckley also said they were “running out of stock because deliveries can’t get in”.

She said: “My delivery couldn’t get up the backstreet so he had to park down the road and then because it’s barriered off he had to bring each individual barrel from up and across the road and then down the stairs here.”

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She added that it had been a “nightmare” for the elderly and disabled residents of the area, who were having to change their routes or abandon travelling.

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “We are in ongoing contact with the Terminus and apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused while this improvement scheme is carried out.

“Following discussions with the business and a visit to the site, we are relocating a lighting column to maximise the amount of available loading space and assist with deliveries and refuse collection.

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“Improvements to the footway outside the Terminus have now also been completed and pedestrian access returned to normal.

“We will continue to liaise with the Terminus – and other local businesses – as work progresses on this scheme, which will make the centre of Meanwood a safer, more welcoming and more pleasant place for all.”

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