A housing developer has been ridiculed online after building a row of houses behind a road sign – completely blocking access to one property.
Locals in Shirehampton, Bristol, took to social media in bewilderment after spotting the blunder outside the newly-constructed townhouses, labelling those responsible as 'brain dead'.
Getting into the front garden would involve a person squeezing past the street sign or lifting their leg very high to try and step over it.
One Reddit user said: "It would have been zero effort to build the gate on the right hand side. It is already paved.
"No doubt a product of the off-the-shelf house design that is the norm with new builds."
Another said: "Not even actual grass? That's just depressing.
"As I understand it, these new builds are pretty much the only houses first-time buyers will get any sort of government assistance on, mortgage-wise. It'd be fine if they were all excellent quality, but my impression is they're being built very much on the cheap."
A third posted: "A bit of a pain when they are having a new washing machine delivered.
"It's amazing the developers didn't apply to have the sign moved. As a buyer it would make me wonder what else they botched."
One user simply said: "Brain dead."
Another named James commented on Facebook: "That’s modern builders. Put it where your [sic] told.
"When the building I work in was refurbed the builders stuck on all the toilet roll holders exactly where they were marked on the wall. Which was right above a handrail so no getting any toilet roll."
A Rightmove advert for the new three-bedroom homes suggests that the frontage has been finished for some months, as they were marketed in September with a similar street image.
It also shows the road sign in the same place, albeit from a distance, clearly blocking the gate. Yahoo News UK contacted the developer – Ocean – and Bristol City Council to ask if the sign would be moved, but had not received a reply at the time of publishing.
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