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Parking bay painted across driveway of Doncaster pensioner’s house

Val Mason, of Norborough Road, Wheatley is angry that a parking bay space has been put across the front of her driveway. Picture: Andrew Roe

Val Mason, of Norborough Road, Wheatley is angry that a parking bay space has been put across the front of her driveway. Picture: Andrew Roe

A pensioner fears she could become a prisoner in her own home after council workers painted a parking bay across her driveway.

Val Mason, aged 75, is furious that the bay is blocking her own driveway despite raising the problem months ago with Doncaster Council.

Mrs Mason, of Norborough Road, Wheatley, uses her car on a daily basis and relies on it to carry out her church warden work.

She said: “I have been in touch with the council constantly since the parking scheme was announced to flag this up.

“I couldn’t believe it when the workmen just turned up and started painting the bay right outside my driveway.

“The council said no one would park there once they saw the driveway but if there’s a parking bay of course they will.

“They advised me to ring the police if anyone did park there and they would be moved on but it’s a bit late by that point. I’m worried I’ll be a prisoner in my own home. I rely on the car to get out.”

Mrs Mason and other residents on the street had been in favour of a residents parking permit system after experiencing problems with visitors and staff from Doncaster Royal Infirmary park on the street.

Director of Regeneration and Environment Peter Dale said the residents’ priority parking scheme, which will remove all day parking by non-residents, is being introduced following a detailed consultation and requires the provision of parking bays and signing.

He added: “It is an offence to block access to a property and the scheme does not change this. The scheme will be monitored and the council will be happy to look at individuals’ concerns and consider a solution such as painting a road marking in front of the driveway.”

 
 
 

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