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Insulated Britain says it will not remove road barriers blocking access to its houses this week despite calls for it to free up non-resident drivers as a move towards banning private parking.
It said it would remain in place for now as “there is a great deal of work that needs to be done”.
Earlier a spokesman for the “insulated Britain” campaign group said it would begin to remove its barriers today.
But another spokesman for the group later said this was wrong.
Insulated Britain is a group which says it wants to bring Britain’s streets back to life and has put up several controversial road blocks which people have found it difficult to access.
Around 400 of the group’s signboard-covered houses have been blocked by heavy vehicles to use as road test tracks.
Insulated Britain’s latest plan is to keep in place a layer of plastic panels on the road as a temporary measure until it can find funding to lay new asphalt road blocks.
It said it would seek to fund the installation, scrapping the idea for many consumers who see the use of plastic panels as a roadblock.
Closures could go beyond this week
The spokesman said installing new road barriers would be funded to extend beyond this week, possibly to re-turf parts of the road as a permanent solution.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Rimmer said the charity group had received an offer of a financial loan from the government to fund the temporary stop-gap but added it was unable to get public money.
“Although we have never said we were putting up these barriers to stop other people, it is absurd they would let their own supporters stay in cars parked on a public road when they could have let us do the work on our own buildings,” he said.
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