Lorries drive resident out of home
PUBLISHED: 12:28 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 May 2010
A RESIDENT claims she is having to move because a wall keeps being damaged. Georgina Huish has seen the wall damaged three times in the past two years. Her property is situated at the junction of Gower Road and Lower Gower Road in Royston and the roads ar
A RESIDENT claims she is having to move because a wall keeps being damaged.
Georgina Huish has seen the wall damaged three times in the past two years.
Her property is situated at the junction of Gower Road and Lower Gower Road in Royston and the roads are regularly used by heavy lorries delivering to small industrial units located behind her house.
The latest problem occurred when a lorry reversed up the side of her house - and ploughed straight through the wall.
She said: "This is the second time in a year that this has happened and the third time in total. Every time I am left baffled by both the company involved and the council by its decision to avoid responsibility.
"The council claim that there is nothing it can do as it's private land and that it's out of its jurisdiction.
"All the driver does is refuse liability. They do the damage and simply leave me to clear up the mess," she said.
In the past, Mrs Huish has chased a lorry down the street, and after the latest driver refused liability she then contacted his employer and demanded that they addressed the situation.
"Before the cost of the damage has come out of my house insurance. But why should I have to pay for other people's mistakes? They are to blame, not me.
"This time I wasn't going to pay and thankfully the company agreed to pay for the damages," said Mrs Huish.
Mrs Huish is not just worried about her property, but other residents in the area and claimed that industrial units and residential area just does not mix.
"One day there could easily be a serious accident, what with so many old people, children and parents with prams around. They've got to be extremely careful.
"How the council let this happen is beyond me," she said.
Constant frustration has left Mrs Huish feeling that it is now time to move on saying that her home was no longer her castle.
However she hopes that the problem will not affect the sale of her property.
She said: "I just hope someone will come to look at the house on a Sunday when it's quieter. It's such a shame because it's a really lovely house."
North Herts District Council said it could not comment on the issue.