The head of a social club has told of his anger as unexpected works by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks have blocked the entrance to the car park for two weeks.

As reported, Chandler's Ford Central Club had a weekend of gigs and events planned before the electricity company's road works popped up unannounced, blocking the club's car park entrance.

The club was then told the works in Winchester Road would be finished by Monday, October 30.

But they have not finished and are now due to continue until November 10.

Club president Mark Treacy, 61, said: “The local businesses here are falling off a cliff - Southern Electrics seem to have disregarded the impact this has had on us.

“There has been a real lack of communication from Southern Electrics to the local businesses.

Daily Echo: Mark Treacy outside the doors of the social club in Chandlers FordMark Treacy outside the doors of the social club in Chandlers Ford (Image: Mark Treacy)“Many of our members are elderly and need the car park as they have mobility issues, yet the roadworks appeared with no warning and are now likely to disrupt more of our events – this week and at the weekend. 

“Some of our members parked in nearby car parks and are now expecting parking fines – we could have minimised this risk if Southern Electrics had worked with us to minimise the impact of the roadworks.

"One of our assistant stewards has now received a fine - this could have been avoided if SSEN had communicated with us. The road is complete carnage.

“We had trouble with the lorry for our delivery and the delivery men were running up and down the road with pallets of beer – this again could have been sorted if we had prior notice of the works.

Mark said that he wants SSEN to have a “total and thorough review” of its communications process to minimise the impact on local businesses.

In response to Mark's claims, a spokesperson said: “The essential repair works being carried out by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to the underground network in Winchester Road have been affected by flooding in the area, which has caused a delay to the completion.

Daily Echo: The flooding on the road has delayed the worksThe flooding on the road has delayed the works (Image: SSEN)“Safety for road users, pedestrians and engineers is SSEN’s priority and the works will be progressed again, as soon as it is safe to do so and once Storm Ciarán has passed.

“These ongoing and essential works are not restricting road use or access, and no customers are affected by power outages as a result of the works.”