Residents who live near an 'unsafe' luxury skyscraper in the city centre have said traffic is 'chaos' because drivers are ignoring roadblocks.

Roads around Angel Gardens, a 36-storey tower block in the NOMA district, have been closed off to traffic since last Monday (February 16) after three external panels blew off in stormy weather.

The decision was made to close off Rochdale Road, Angel Street and Miller Street after developer Moda Living confirmed emergency works will be carried out to install a new 'support system' to all panels on the building.

But local residents say some drivers are ignoring road blocks in the area, causing traffic chaos.

One resident, who lives in the Halo building on Simpson Street, said drivers had been moving the cones blocking Angel Street at the Dantzic junction.

This has led to gridlock traffic on Simpson Street - a narrow one-way road - as this is the only route for cars to go down.

The resident said this meant they were getting 'stuck on their own street'.

Roads closures around Angel Gardens

"People are just completely ignoring the closures and moving the cones and they just drive down it", they added.

"It's been completely blocked everyday and we have constant noise from people beeping their horns.

"Simpson Street is the only way out.

Traffic on Simpon Street

"It's chaos because there are so many road closures around our streets and residents are being affected by all of this."

Residents have asked the council to use barriers on the road blocks instead of cones, in the hope that this will stop them from being moved.

Another resident said: "Cones on Angel Street are being moved again.

"There is constant gridlock traffic down Simpson Street and residents can only leave via this way.

The Angel Gardens tower block

"We can't even get out of our streets due to the traffic.

"Its ridiculous."

The council said those moving the cones are putting themselves and others in danger.

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, executive member of the environment, planning and transport, said: "It is extremely disappointing that a small minority of irresponsible drivers have acted to endanger themselves and others by disregarding a closure which is essential to ensure public safety, and we strongly condemn this behaviour."

Councillors were inundated with complaints about the transport delays last week.

A meeting involving Moda, senior councillors and Transport for Greater Manchester was held on Thursday afternoon to discuss a way forward.

But today, Coun Stogia said the bad weather over the weekend has 'hampered operations'.

She said: "We remain in constant contact with the building owners and the Health and Safety Executive and are assured that everything is being done to complete the necessary repairs as soon as possible, so that the road closures can be lifted.

"We're informed that the continuing poor weather has hampered operations which must be carried out by specialists but will continue to liaise with those responsible for getting this done and are expecting positive updates in the coming days.

"We need to ensure that contractors are able to access the site on a constant basis, but we will keep the traffic management situation under review, in light of the issues raised by residents."

A spokesperson for Moda said they hope roads around the skyscraper will be reopened 'this week'.

The spokesperson said: “We have agreed a strategy with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and the project team and we are looking to reopen the roads and pavements around Angel Gardens this week.”

Angel Gardens opened last year promising 5-star living standards, including an array of facilities such as a rooftop football pitch, cinema and co-working space.

A number of residents have already moved in with rents starting at around £1,000 a month for a one-bedroom flat.