Father's fury after foot-high kerb blocking his driveway installed

Father’s fury after foot-high kerb which blocks him from parking on his own driveway is installed

  • Colin Gibson, from Newmains, Scotland had driveway blocked by foot-high kerb
  • Mr Gibson now has to park in the street and his car has been damaged since

A furious father has claimed he has been blocked from parking on his driveway after a foot-high kerb was installed following the construction of a new £20million school.

Colin Gibson has lived in Park Drive, in the village of Newmains, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, for the past eight years but problems arose after work was finished on the new school hub.

Builders for the new Newmains and St Brigid’s hub left Colin unable to park in his own driveway after building the tall kerb, forcing him to park in the street, where damage has already been caused to his car.

He 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.

‘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.

Father Colin Gibson (pictured) from Park Drive, Newmains, North Lanarkshire

Builders for the new Newmains and St Brigid’s hub left Colin unable to park in his own driveway after building the tall kerb (pictured), forcing him to park in the street

‘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, which also includes Newmains Family Learning Centre for nursery children, is used by more than 500 children and staff since it opened its doors last month.

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.’

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