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Angry Smith's Wood pensioner refuses to move in kerb protest

Solihull Editorial 22nd Jul, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

A DISABLED pensioner staged a silent protest forcing contractors to tarmac around her after Solihull Council ignored her requests to put in a drop-kerb.

Linda Mills sat in her mobility aid in the middle of the pavement outside her home on Greenfinch Road, Smith’s Wood whilst the work was taking place.

The 70-year-old decided to take the issue further after begging Solihull Council on numerous occasions to drop the kerb outside her house so she could park her car.

She said:”I decided to sit and make the protest because we really needed this parking area.

“Seeing as I hadn’t had an answer from the Council at that point I decided this was the only way I could be noticed.

The pensioner refused to move from the spot for around 20 minutes until the contractors left the site.

Chief of Operations at Solihull Community Housing, Fiona Hughes said: “We were notified of an incident which took place during the re-surfacing of Greenfinch Road by one of our contractors.

“We immediately met with the resident concerned and were able to offer a resolution to the problem she had concerning on-street parking.

“We have made it clear that the behaviour by some of their staff on this occasion fell well below the standards expected of Solihull Community Housing contractors.

“They have apologised for the incident and taken disciplinary action against those involved.”

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