Grandmother Stuck In Her Home After Council Paints Parking Bay

A grandmother says she is stuck in her home after her local council painted a parking space across her driveway.

Val Mason, 75, is worried she will become a prisoner in her own home after the bay was installed in front of her driveway in Wheatley, South Yorkshire, where her car is parked.

Val's house is the only one in street with a dropped kerb, so when the council painted bays and yellow lines for 'residents only parking', a bay went straight across the front of her driveway.

When Val, grandmother to five, contacted the council, she was told she should call the police if anyone parks in the space – even though it is painted as a space.

Doncaster Council says drivers should know that parking in front of a driveway is illegal, even if there is a bay marked, and added that if they were to replace it with double yellow lines, it would stop Val and any of her guests parking there should they want or need to.

"I have been in touch with the council constantly since the parking scheme was announced to flag this up," Val told reporters.

"They sent out letters in advance showing the plans for the street which were all colour-coded. I noticed straight away that the bay was planned to go right across my driveway so I applied for I-bars to be painted there.

"Mine is the only driveway on the street with double gates and a dropped kerb and everybody else parks behind the houses.

"I couldn't believe it when the workmen just turned up and started painted the bay right outside my driveway. I was really angry about it. It's like talking to yourself trying to get through to them.

"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 its a bit late by that point.

"I'm worried Ill be a prisoner in my own home. I rely on the car to get out and about. Sometimes with my church warden work I get a phone call at short notice so I need access to my car.

"There's just no common sense."

Director of regeneration and environment at Doncaster Council, Peter Dale said: "For many years, concerns have been raised about all day parking associated with the hospital in nearby residential areas.

"After detailed consultation on potential options to help with this situation, a residents' priority parking scheme is currently being introduced, which will remove all day parking by non-residents and therefore free up valuable road space for residents themselves.

"This requires the provision of parking bays and signing. It is an offence to block access to a property and the scheme does not change this. If we were to put yellow lines outside the property then neither the owner or their visitors could park in front of the driveway.

"The scheme will be monitored and the council will be happy to look at individuals' concerns and consider painting an 'I-bar' road marking in front of the driveway."