A pensioner was left “trapped” in her home after cars parked in a bay that stretched across her front gate.
Carol Tabere, 75, said a parking bay just inches from her front gate meant vehicles would prevent her from leaving her home in Withington, Manchester.
Additionally, a missing sidewalk directly in front of her home prevented her from leaving the Hill Street premises to walk her dog or go shopping.
Ms Tabere said the car park has now been painted over with double yellow lines after complaining to Manchester City Council.
Carol Tabere, 75, said a parking bay just inches from her front gate meant vehicles would prevent her from leaving her home in Withington, Manchester
The space was among other bays introduced under the Christie Parking Scheme.
However, following feedback from local residents, the newer extension has now been put on hold for review.
The council has also confirmed that the cove has been painted over with double yellow lines in front of her home as part of “remedial works” in recent weeks, but previous images show how closely cars have had to park in front of the gate to be within the designated cove .
Ms Tabere, who suffers from angina and narcolepsy and can no longer drive, has expressed anger at the scheme.
The pensioner, who has lived in her home for 31 years, said: “I wasn’t fussy and I complained about it, but I don’t have a sidewalk in front of my house so if cars were parked there there was no way I could get out. i was trapped
“I told them (the council) to send someone out to look at it. People would come and park and every time I opened my door I would say, “Oh no, not again”. I was constantly going out and sticking notes on people’s cars telling them not to park there. I know it was a fringed cove but common sense would tell you it’s right outside someone’s gate.
Ms Tabere said the car park has now been painted over with double yellow lines after complaining to Manchester City Council
“My son had said if paramedics had to go inside they couldn’t or if the house caught fire I would have been trapped,” she told the Manchester Evening News.
The Resident Parking Zone (RPZ) was first introduced in 2015 to address the impact of parking on surrounding residential areas.
However, this created problems with crowded parking spaces in the wider Withington neighborhood, along with staff and attendance at the hospital, prompting the expansion.
“People didn’t think they were doing anything wrong because it was a parking bay. I’ve had to tell people to block my way, and one man even berated me when I asked him to move, calling me an ‘old bastard,’” she added.
“Some days I would try to walk my dog, have to shuffle past the cars and pull him past the hedge.
Despite the fact that the bay window in front of her door has been removed, Carol says the bay windows higher up are still so close to her garden hedge that cars are now forced to scrape along her privet
“The council could have ordered the squares across the street where there is a sidewalk and no houses. But instead people come and ram their doors into my hedge.
“It was a nightmare but when they removed the space I was delighted because I could finally get out of my house.”
Despite the fact that the bay window in front of her door has been removed, Carol says the bay windows higher up are still so close to her garden hedge that cars are now forced to scrape along her privet.
A spokesman for Manchester City Council said: “Earlier this year the council informed residents near the new residents’ parking zone that its roll-out is being put on hold due to feedback from the community.
“In the case of this resident, remedial work was undertaken to implement double yellow lines in front of his property to discourage future parking.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11467731/Pensioner-left-trapped-inside-house-cars-parked-bay-gate.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The pensioner was trapped at her home by cars parked in a bay opposite her front gate