FURIOUS residents claim their driveways will be completely blocked in a new proposal to expand their town hall.
Locals in tiny Bradninch, Devon claim they won’t be able to get their cars and motorhomes onto their driveways if the plans go ahead.
The Guildhall in Bradninch was built in the 12th century but now the planned expansion is causing locals a headache.
The town of around 2,000 people is surrounded by farmland belonging to Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall.
Jan Dennis, 66, and Sue Eakers, 65, both claim the two-story addition would make their lives a nightmare.
Retired Jan bought the derelict schoolhouse behind City Hall in 2009 from the Bradninch Trust, which is proposing refurbishment.
She restored the property and converted it into her home, which currently has ample parking.
Sue received planning permission from the Trust to build her eco-home next door, which also has parking.
But now both women are asking the Trust to reconsider their plans, which they would currently block in their homes.
Sue told The Sun: “The fire brigade have never been able to get into our homes because the driveway is too narrow. Due to the planning, we had to have sprinkler systems installed.
“We have a shared right of way, but the Trust would like to replace a single floor with a new, larger addition.”
Jan added: “Bradninch is plagued with parking congestion. If we can’t get our vehicles to our homes, we’re only going to compound the problems and it’s already pretty critical.”
Sue required her septic tank to be emptied once a year, requiring a large tanker to do the job.
Another large vehicle with hoses also has its sprinkler system serviced annually and is already about to make a tricky maneuver to its eco-home behind the old school.
Both women say their disabled friends will not be able to visit them if the driveway is narrowed by the proposals.
Jan says the plan to upgrade City Hall has been going on for more than two years and nobody else in town has a problem with it.
She added: “The plan has gone under the radar. And we are not mobilizing neighbors or locals against the Trust.
“We hope the Trust can achieve its goals, but not at our expense.”
A former town mayor has defended Jan and Sue, but other locals think they should move if they’re not happy.
Pamela Parker, 75, said: “If the two ladies don’t like it then they should move.
“I’m all for the Guildhall upgrade. A lot of people use it.”
Another local said: “The streets here are full of parked vehicles. Some houses on the main street have private areas. But the rest has to fit in where it can.
“It’s busy enough during the day before peak hours and when people come home from work. Another three vehicles, including an RV, would only add to the chaos.”
One pensioner said: “It’s a storm in a teacup. A halfway decent architect would fix it in his sleep.”
Former Bradninch Mayor Dorothy Parsons has spoken out on the women’s side, saying the plan “has no economic value”.
She added: “I support the ladies.
Mid Devon Council has postponed its decision on the plan and the two women said: “The ball is in the Trust. We only met her once, and that was a few days before the planning meeting.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18229006/our-drive-blocked-extension-town-hall-neighbours-dont-care/ Our driveway is CLOSED by a two story annex to our town hall – our neighbors don’t care but we are angry