A man has been left frustrated after a 1ft-high kerb left him unable to park on his own driveway. Colin Gibson said he is now locked in a dispute with North Lanarkshire Council over the installation of a new raised kerb.
The change to the pavement was made as part of a £ 20million school project for children attending Newmains and St Brigid’s Community Hub. As part of this project, a new path was built leading up to the school.
Although Colin had no problem with the new path, it created a raised kerb preventing him from moving his car into his driveway.
The council said they approached Colin with a solution that was accepted. However, when they tried to agree on a start date for work to begin, Colin decided this wasn’t good enough.
Speaking to The Daily Record, Colin said: “The council and their contractors have constructed a path up to the new school, which is fine, but the kerb outside my house is a foot high which means there’s absolutely no way I can put either myself, my wife or my son’s car into our drive without them being damaged.”
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Colin added: “I have spoken to the council and the contractors when they were on site and asked them to do something about it but I’ve got nowhere. It’s so frustrating.
“In the space of a month since I have been forced to park on the street I have had two damaged wing mirrors, it’s ridiculous. I spoke to one councillor who told me to seek legal advice. Why should I have to pay for a lawyer when I have done absolutely nothing wrong and someone else has made a mess of it?”
The joint campus near Colin’s home includes Newmains Family Learning Centre for nursery children and is home to more than 500 children and staff.
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “Following a series of meetings between the resident and the main contractor, a proposal to provide vehicle access to the rear of the property was developed.
“However, when contractors recently approached the resident to confirm a start date for carrying out the works, they were surprised to be informed that their proposals were no longer acceptable.
“The contractors remain committed to agreeing an acceptable solution with the resident to resolve this matter.”