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DIY blocking car access

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20ounces Sat 10-Feb-18 08:35:08

I need to stop cars driving through my road using it as a short cut. The entrance isn't really a road but a side bit where there are 2 pillars but they are spaced wide apart and s car can easily get through it.

I can't gate it but wanted to put something there that would block cars getting in. Would a pile of cement mix work?! I have zero DIY skills and need something very cheap. It doesn't matter if it looks unrefined! I just need it blocking.

Any ideas would be great.

PotatoesOfTheCarribean Sat 10-Feb-18 08:37:31

Huge plant pot?

MrsExpo Sat 10-Feb-18 08:45:56

Does this access just your house or are there others along there, and is it a right of way? If it is a right of way you may be on dodgy ground legally here. If it’s just the driveway to your house and not a right of way, then a large planter, trough or other object would do the trick.

blaaake Sat 10-Feb-18 08:50:06

Buy one or two of those huge rocks and get them placed there

MyToeHurtsBetty Sat 10-Feb-18 08:51:40

Pile of rubble? Bags of gravel? A tree?

MyToeHurtsBetty Sat 10-Feb-18 08:52:47

Oooooh ooooooh can I be first to say...... penguin bollards? Ha ha

PotteringAlong Sat 10-Feb-18 08:52:50

Are you allowed to block it?

20ounces Sat 10-Feb-18 08:54:10

I have previously put rocks/ bricks but they have been moved! I need something that is stuck on.

It's not right of way and legally they shouldn't be driving through and it's never really bothered me but it's getting slot more frequent.

blueskyinmarch Sat 10-Feb-18 08:54:25

I think we need a diagram so we can better understand what the problem is.

QueenOfAccidentalDeathStares Sat 10-Feb-18 08:54:37

I suspect we need a diagram to advise properly wink

blueskyinmarch Sat 10-Feb-18 08:55:10

Can you build a little wall?

DevilsDoorbell Sat 10-Feb-18 08:56:41

Is it your road / drive? You say they’re using it as a short cut - to where?

sirlee66 Sat 10-Feb-18 08:57:31

I second a diagram!

ruby1234 Sat 10-Feb-18 08:58:26

Big chunky chain across fastened to the pillars, with a large sign on saying 'No Entry'

00100001 Sat 10-Feb-18 08:59:48

this road, where is going to? How much I'd a short cut?

Is it a private road? If it is a public one, then you shouldn't block it off.

Appuskidu Sat 10-Feb-18 09:00:06

Is it a private road-only for your use? I am struggling to picture it tbh. Photo?

QOD Sat 10-Feb-18 09:01:22

Photo or diagram

It’s the law

SoupDragon Sat 10-Feb-18 09:02:00

Do you own the bit they are driving through?

DancingLedge Sat 10-Feb-18 09:04:20

Even if it's not' a highway maintainable at public expense' ( ie. a public road), it can still be a public highway , or a right of way, if the public have been using it for long enough.
Who owns the road? No mention in your OP of ' private'.
Who maintains it? How long have you lived there?

Blocking a public highway is illegal.

ADishBestEatenCold Sat 10-Feb-18 09:11:57

"I can't gate it"

Why are you not allowed to gate it? Does somebody have access? And if so is that vehicular or pedestrian?

If someone has a right to even occasional vehicular access (including yourself) then you need a lockable bollard half way between the two pillars.

If it is only ever pedestrian access (so not even emergency vehicles) then you could build a third pillar in the middle.

I think the bollard might be the least expensive option.

SurfnTerfFantasticmissfoxy Sat 10-Feb-18 09:14:46


KayaG Sat 10-Feb-18 09:23:13

Any chance of a diagram?

Neverexpected2 Sat 10-Feb-18 09:46:42

Buy a couple of cheap builders buckets from b&q (they are about a pound). Fill with concrete and allow to set. When you turn them out they will look like mini pillars to be put in the gap. If you're up to it they would be even better if you inserted metal rods in just before they go off so that when you turn them out you can spoke them into position into ground so not so easily moved

20ounces Tue 13-Feb-18 12:39:47

Sorry for the late diagram!

Onesmallstepforaman Tue 13-Feb-18 12:56:52

Ask your local builders merchants to deliver a 1 tonne bag of sand into the gap. The sand is labour intensive to move with a shovel and is no use as a missile. Not too dear, and movable if needs be.

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