A Plymouth pensioner has chained himself to a fence in protest against the resumption of work on a major roadworks project.

Arthur Watson has been staging his one-man demonstration for the past four days on the site of the new Forder Valley Link Road.

The proposed link between William Prance Road in Derriford and the Novorossiysk Road junction is due to be completed in 2021.

The council says it will unlock thousands of planned new homes along with new businesses in the area, as well as provide a less congested route from the A38.

But Mr Watson, who made headlines two years ago for being 'Britain's biggest hoarder', is not happy that work has re-started after lockdown restrictions were eased.

They are ruining a perfectly good nature reserve. I was hoping to give a rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi'. 'They paved paradise and put up a bloody great bypass'.

Arthur Watson
Mr Watson has a history of staging one-man protests. Credit: ITV News

Other road improvement schemes across the city have resumed in the last week.

Plymouth City Council say it is strictly following health and safety advice.

The safety of the public and construction workers is the top priority and measures to minimise infection risk include:

Plymouth City Council
An artist impression of the Forder Valley Link Road. Credit: Plymouth City Council