Retired woman “devastated” as roadworks block access to new £20,000 driveway
A retired woman is “devastated” as roadworks have blocked access to her new £20,000 driveway.
Ksenia Martin knew about the £150million project to widen the A453 outside her home in Clifton, Nottinghamshire.
However, the retired mum-of-one did not realise that the planned roundabout would block her drive permanently.
After spending £20,000 landscaping and re-paving her garden and driveway, she was left gutted by the news.
The desperate 55-year-old has even tried to sell the house but has found no buyers because of the building site only yards from her front door.
Ksenia said: “I’m devastated – I’ve spent a lot of money on the driveway, having it re-paved and also having six-foot gates put up.
“There was a leaflet shoved through the door telling me I wouldn’t be able to park on my drive because of the building works.
“I got in touch with the number on the leaflet to see how long the road would be shut for and was told I wouldn’t be able to use my driveway again.”
The Highways Agency says it has provided a small parking area where Ksenia has a permit to use but it is 200 yards away from her front door.
As a result the retired housing scheme manager feels isolated and vulnerable with the arrangement.
Ksenia said: “Since the work started nobody comes to visit me – family and friends just can’t get near the house without a permit.
“Because I can’t carry more than two or three bags from the car to the house I’m having to do three trips to the shops instead of one.
“What I’m most concerned about though is if I fall ill or there’s a fire.
“An ambulance or fire engine couldn’t get close enough to the house and I’d have to be dragged through the street.”
Even once the roadworks are completed, the entrance to Ksenia’s house will not be accessible and she’ll have to continue parking around the corner.
Her home is part of a two-house mini cul-de-sac and she has been told the entrance will be permanently close from now on.
Fed up, Ksenia – who moved into the house in June 2011 – put her home up for sale in April to try and get away.
Four days after advertising her home it sold but, because of the roadworks the sale fell through and she has been unable to find a buyer since.
She said: “I’ve had another eight viewings but once they took one look at the roadworks they turned round.
“I was just wasting my time, so I gave up.
“I would move house tomorrow if I could.”
Mrs Martin says she has not received any compensation.
Daughter Lisa Eden, 36, who lives further down Farnborough Road, said: “It’s very frustrating.
The 36-year-old said: “I don’t live that far away but if I’m on my way back from somewhere in the car, I can’t just pop into my mum’s.
“It’s also been very upsetting for me to see how distressed my mum has been.
“She feels very isolated and she definitely doesn’t get as many visitors anymore.”
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “The Highways Agency sympathises with Mrs Martin’s predicament. We have worked with her to try and find a potential solution.
“We’ve explored the possibility, with Nottingham City Council, of whether a new access to the driveway could be provided from the side of the house but this was not possible.
“A car park for residents has been provided next to Mrs Martin’s house, which she now uses.
“As with any scheme, it is standard practice for the Highways Agency to engage with stakeholders on plans and carry out a thorough public consultation before plans are finalised.
“Plans were in place when Mrs Martin purchased the property and local searches and plans indicated the impact the A453 scheme would have had on the property.”