Doncaster woman in driveway row

Elizabeth Tetley, of Edenthorpe, is angry at Doncaster Council after suffering major damp problems in her home and now having her garden dug up. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 08-09-14 Tetley MC 3
Elizabeth Tetley, of Edenthorpe, is angry at Doncaster Council after suffering major damp problems in her home and now having her garden dug up. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 08-09-14 Tetley MC 3

A driveway row has ended in a hole lot of trouble for an ill Doncaster woman.

Elizabeth Tetley is locked in dispute with Doncaster Council’s housing department St Leger Homes after workmen dug up her front garden to put down a new drive.

The work is part of ongoing improvements to spruce up Church Balk Gardens in Edenthorpe - but Mrs Tetley, who suffers from heart problems, says the disappearance of her front garden and lawn for the work to take place was not what had been agreed.

She said: “We have been campaigning for drives outside our properties for years and we thought we were going to get rows of paving slabs to park the cars on.

“But the workmen have come round, dug up the entire garden and are putting down cheap asphalt. Its not what I was expecting and I am sure it will crack and fall apart in a few weeks.”

Mrs Tetley, 61, who has lived in her home for the last five years, had been in consulation with St Leger Homes over drop curbs and driveways to help her park closer to her home because of her health problems.

“Because of the extra houses being built around here, there aren’t enough parking spaces anymore.

“I suffer from a twisted spine and bad heart so all this is stress I can do without.”

She says workers have left a huge crater in her garden while discussions take place on how to resolve the problem.

“I want off-road parking, but this is not what I was expecting and I can see problems with it in the future.”

Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, said: “St. Leger Homes is providing hard standing parking spaces for 15 properties at Church Balk Gardens in response to requests made by our tenants.

“These measure 3m by 5m which gives adequate space and support for most cars as well as catering for anyone with mobility issues. We consulted with all affected tenants during the planning stage and have visited one tenant who raised concerns during the installation process. As a result we have changed the location of the parking space at that property.

“Customer satisfaction is a top priority for St. Leger Homes. Since we have been made aware of this further issue of concern we will be visiting our tenants in Church Balk Gardens again to address any further concerns.”