Villagers say they have been ‘singled out’ in parking row

John Proudlock and his mother Thelma Peppert are having problems with problems in Dalton Piercy.
John Proudlock and his mother Thelma Peppert are having problems with problems in Dalton Piercy.

A village resident says he and his disabled mother have been singled out after being told by the parish council not to block a track outside their cottage by parking there.

John Proudlock, who lives at Rose Cottage, in Dalton Piercy, says the ruling is causing problems for his 90-year-old mother who is visited daily by a carer.

I have lived here close to 50 years, suddenly overnight there is a problem

John Proudlock

The parish council wrote to Mr Proudlock and two other users of the shared track on the village green advising they must not block access by parking on it.

He says he has always parked family vehicles on the track and claims he has never caused an obstruction.

He says other residents on the village green are allowed to park outside their homes.

The parish council says its position is to allow access to all three users of the shared track outside Rose Cottage.

Mr Proudlock said: “It’s total nonsense. I have lived here close to 50 years, suddenly overnight there is a problem.

“The track goes to the cottage and a field at the back that hasn’t been used since the 1970s, and the farmer who now lives there has told me he has no intention of using it in the foreseeable future.”

The track also provides access to allotments opposite the cottage.

Mr Proudlock added: “Even if three or four cars were parked on the track, we are not blocking any access at all. ”

Six years ago, Mrs Peppert lost a claim of ownership of the track in the Land Registry Appeals Court.

Alan Timothy, deputy chairman of the parish council, said: “Mr Proudlock’s parking and his visitors’ parking have been challenging from time to time.

“All three parties have the right to drive over the track. Everybody got the same letter to say everybody needs to use it and not to block it.

“If there was a need for emergency vehicles or deliveries we appreciate there may be times when the track is blocked.”

Mr Timothy said there is only one other track on the village green which has a shared vehicle access.

He added: “Dalton Piercy Parish Council have received no issues/concerns from residents relating to the shared access and if DPPC did, our response would likely follow the same approach.”