VILLAGERS at Lyonshall failed to appreciate the ‘fun of the fair’ when lorries transporting fairground equipment blocked the main road.

A convoy of vehicles, taking a variety of rides believed to have been bound for Kington May Fair, became stuck at a notorious right-angled bend in the middle of the village.

A tailback of vehicles including cars, lorries, tankers and tractors reached back in all directions as a result of the village centre snarl-up.

Eventually a long container truck was unhooked from a large lorry and the bottle-neck was cleared.

But the incident highlighted an ongoing problem for Ahmed Emadian whose period home has been repeatedly struck by high-sided vehicles attempting the sharp turn beside Lyonshall’s long-closed Royal George inn.

“I am sick to death of this problem,” said Mr Emadian, who lives with his wife, Debbie at Corner House.

“I have spent thousands of pounds repairing my home.”

Herefordshire Council has responded to his concerns by fitting a bollard and a metal traffic ‘bell’ outside stone-built Corner House.

But Mr Emadian argued that traffic failing to negotiate the bend tended to hit his home and not the bollard.

“The council doesn’t want traffic to hit the bollard so it hits my house instead,” he said.

He wants to see the bollards replaced so that Corner House receives protection from passing vehicles.

Worries about the sharp corners in Lyonshall are not new, but as the volume of traffic has increased so local concerns have grown too.

Corner House stands opposite the 16th century village pub which has been closed for over six years. It is claimed that the pub’s porch has been struck by high-sided vehicles on a number of occasions.

There are ambitious plans for the inn, though work has not yet begun on the site.

A Herefordshire Council spokesperson said: “Herefordshire Council, working with Balfour Beatty Living Places, has made several improvements to the A480 through Lyonshall, which has a number of sharp bends. The improvements include additional signage, bollards and altered white lining, which were installed following consultations with the local stakeholders.”