Council goes back on Waterfoot mum's driveway promise

Lancashire Telegraph: PARKING PLACE Coun Jimmy Eaton, with Jemanie Dixon on her proposed driveway in Waterfoot PARKING PLACE Coun Jimmy Eaton, with Jemanie Dixon on her proposed driveway in Waterfoot

A MUM-OF-TWO is facing a struggle to park after she was promised a new driveway when work started on a new pedestrian crossing outside her house.

Jemanie Dixon, 37, who has two children aged two and 14, was told by Lancashire County Council they would install a new driveway when plans were announced to build a new ‘puffin’ crossing outside her house.

The crossing, which had to be installed as part of the new Waterfoot County Primary School, will put zig-zag lines outside Mrs Dixon’s house in Booth Road and prevent her from parking near her property.

She said: “When this crossing was announced I complained because it would leave with me with nowhere to park.

“At that stage the county council said they would create a driveway on some land at the side of my house.

“It has been going on for 18 months and a couple of weeks ago I was told that the decision to build the crossing and driveway was being finalised.

“Then at the start of the week they started work on the crossing, I rang the county council and they said that the crossing had gone through but they couldn’t do the driveway now.

“They have been promising me this for 18 months and have now broken that promise.”

The county council has apologised to Mrs Dixon.

Phil Barrett, director of environment and public protection services, said: “I'm sorry that Mrs Dixon was told that the county council could fund the cost of a driveway at her home, but this was a mistake and we will not be able to fund the cost of such improvements on private property.

“However, if Mrs Dixon confirms that she will be installing a drive then we will carry out our proposed kerb and footway works so that Mrs Dixon can access her property by car.”

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County Coun Jimmy Eaton, who has been fighting Mrs Dixon’s cause, said: “I feel let down by Lancashire County Council that this work hasn’t gone ahead.

“They had promised to do it and Mrs Dixon was under the impression it would go ahead.”

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2:06pm Thu 15 Dec 11

Mill62 says...

not a mistake its yet another lie by a council.
not a mistake its yet another lie by a council. Mill62

2:29pm Thu 15 Dec 11

Hacked off too says...

Loads of people live near schools. Just because you own a house you do not own the highway in front of it. If you want a driveway why don't you pay for it like anyone else would have to do?
Loads of people live near schools. Just because you own a house you do not own the highway in front of it. If you want a driveway why don't you pay for it like anyone else would have to do? Hacked off too

4:04pm Thu 15 Dec 11

plankspanker says...

why does this woman think that taxpayers money should be spent on a drive way for her private residence!!!! the mind boggles...everybody living outside a school would be ringing the council for free driveways......does this lady not read the papers!!!!!on aanother planet to the rest of us i think!!!!!
why does this woman think that taxpayers money should be spent on a drive way for her private residence!!!! the mind boggles...everybody living outside a school would be ringing the council for free driveways......does this lady not read the papers!!!!!on aanother planet to the rest of us i think!!!!! plankspanker

8:54am Fri 16 Dec 11

happycyclist says...

Is it a new school that has been built?
Is it a new school that has been built? happycyclist

2:28pm Fri 16 Dec 11

Hacked off too says...

Yes it is a new school but so what. You have no right to demand a parking space is exclusively yours at the front of your house.
Yes it is a new school but so what. You have no right to demand a parking space is exclusively yours at the front of your house. Hacked off too

6:27pm Fri 16 Dec 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

Sounds like Councillor Heaton has been beguiled by this chancing scrounger!
Sounds like Councillor Heaton has been beguiled by this chancing scrounger! HelmshoreBoy

11:58am Fri 23 Dec 11

The Roomster says...

The County Councillor and his four other LCC colleagues would have been better employed trying to fight against the shortsighted closure of recycling and household waste sites in Rossendale!!
The County Councillor and his four other LCC colleagues would have been better employed trying to fight against the shortsighted closure of recycling and household waste sites in Rossendale!! The Roomster

11:52am Wed 28 Dec 11

Hacked off too says...

The Roomster wrote:
The County Councillor and his four other LCC colleagues would have been better employed trying to fight against the shortsighted closure of recycling and household waste sites in Rossendale!!
Well said Roomster
[quote][p][bold]The Roomster[/bold] wrote: The County Councillor and his four other LCC colleagues would have been better employed trying to fight against the shortsighted closure of recycling and household waste sites in Rossendale!![/p][/quote]Well said Roomster Hacked off too

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