Council chiefs have ignited anger and concern over the erection of bollards on an amenity green in Hemel Hempstead after failing to consult neighbours beforehand.
People living in Longlands, Adeyfield, are worried that emergency service vehicles would be unable to reach the homes after the wooden bollards were built across the access path.
Neighbour Paul Eastwood has asked the council for information about the works, but must wait until August 30 for a reply.
He said: “This is not very helpful, and seems a sad reflection of how the council deals with the public.”
Dacorum Borough Council initially fitted the bollards after receiving complaints about cars parking on the amenity green.
Councillor Maureen Flint said: “Consultation is the key. It was done in haste, but if they had consulted they could have found a solution for all.”