FED-UP Halesowen residents are calling for Highways England to mend broken fencing bordering onto the M5 at the back of their gardens.

Cllrs Hilary Bills and Parmjit Sahota have taken up the plight of people living in Mayfield Road, which backs onto the M5 motorway.

Residents have been calling for the fencing to be repaired for five years - and cllr Bills says they have now been told they must wait another three years for action.

The M5 motorway forms one of the boundaries of Halesowen North ward and impacts on many residents who back on to it.

Cllr Bills said: "If you buy a house by a motorway you can expect traffic noise, but for some residents it can be far worse; particularly when the barrier fencing is blown down or damaged."

In 2015 residents in Mayfield Road complained about the poor state of the fencing at the bottom of their gardens and temporary netting was put in place.

It is still there to this day despite many calls for the fences to be mended.

Cllr Bills said in its latest briefing Highways England stated it hoped to repair the fences in 2022-2023.

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She said: “To think these residents have had to put up with this broken fence and netting in their garden for five years and are now being told to wait another three years!

"It's totally unacceptable.”

On a positive note Cllr Bills and Sahota said they wanted to thank Highways England for eventually rectifying poorly maintained fencing from Lansdowne Road, behind properties in Middlefield Close and alongside Hurst Green Park.

Cllr Bills said: "There was for a time an unlocked door in the fencing which could be accessed from Hurst Green Park.

"This has been locked and the many loose panels on this stretch are currently being tightened."

Highways England has been contacted for comment.