Residents in the Las Filipinas area of the Orihuela Costa are trying to discover why a seemingly public road has been blocked.

Whereas the situation has similarities to the closing of a public walkway in Cabo Roig, where residents of an urbanisation decided to close off access, this closure has potentially dangerous consequences as the gate is across a roadway which GPS navigation systems may guide drivers towards, without them being aware of the obstruction ahead.

Every day vehicles are seen approaching the gate, forced to turn around and find an alternative passage. Some residents state that they have to travel to the other side of the fence for school or work, but the most direct route is blocked off, and nobody seems to know by whom.

Signposts still point drivers along the road to reach places such as Pilar de la Horadada, San Miguel and Mil Palmeras, although unsuspecting drivers will be disappointed when they are unable to pass the gated section.

Although the gate has been in place for some years, the residents are now seeking the help of the town hall to try to answer the question as to why this road is closed, and why it is illuminated by public lighting which the residents of the municipality are paying for.

The Asociación Vecinos Las Filipinas group are spearheading the campaign and are asking for feedback from residents via their Facebook group, which is available here.

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