Call for more bunglalows and fewer cars parked on pavements in Doncaster village

More bungalows and fewer cars parked on pavements are needed to improve a Doncaster village, it is claimed.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:45 am

That is the view of one of Sprotbrough’s longest standing residents, who met with the Doncaster Free Press at our latest Meet the Team event at Sprotbrough Library.

Betty Sains, aged 92, has lived in the village over 50 years.

She dropped in to our session to share her views on the issues in her home village.

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Betty Sains, one of Sprotborough's longest standing residents.

Betty, the daughter of a miner who was killed in the Bentley pit disaster, said: “I would love to see the council build more smaller bungalows for senior citizens in the village. Things like that always seem to get built in places like Edlington, Armthorpe and Rossington. There were a few built on Montrose Avenue after the war.”

She is also concerned about the number of cars that park on the pavement at Sprotbrough Road, and said she sometimes has to go onto the road to get around vehicles.

She said: “When I walk in along Sprotbrough road there seem to be a lot of cars parked half on the pavement and half on the road. If they’ve got a drive, they should use the drive.”

Coun Glyn Jones, deputy mayor of Doncaster, said: “We have built numerous housing schemes across the borough in the last few years. This includes specific housing schemes for older people and bungalows. We are always looking for appropriate sites to deliver new housing developments for local residents.

“Where we have complaints of vehicles parked on yellow lines or blocking dropped kerbs we can take action within the traffic regulations. Doncaster like other local authorities outside London has not adopted pavement parking as it would be difficult to enforce the law particularly on narrow streets or where there is often no off street parking. It would in some areas fully block the carriageway if vehicles were unable to mount the kerb and park considerably for all highway users.”

The South Yorkshire Police community inspector for Doncaster West, Insp Adrian Luscombe, said if parking put the public in danger officers would take action, and he would pass concerns on to the local officers.