A DISABLED woman has vowed to take on the council who has forbidden her from parking on her own driveway.
Molly Brown, who cannot walk without crutches or a walking stick, has been stopped from parking on her drive outside her Eastleigh home by bosses at Hampshire County Council.
This means that the 79-year-old, who has a permanent back injury, is forced to carry items to and from her car, which she has to park further away from her home on Whyteways.
Council chiefs argue the pavement Mrs Brown has to drive over to get closer to her home is used by schoolchildren and poses a risk to their safety.
But Mrs Brown, who has also had a hip replacement, has vowed to take her fight to the Prime Minister and the Queen, as she believes older people are too often taken advantage of.
“They say it’s for the pedestrians but I really can’t see the sense in any of this.
“I bring each bag in and I’m going to have to walk from the car six times, there and back.
“I feel very sorry for a lot of elderly people who won’t speak up for themselves. At this time in life we shouldn’t have to be fighting for things like this.”
A disabled space was provided in a car park adjacent to Mrs Brown’s house but she says the bay is not wide enough, meaning she has to step out on to the kerb, which she is uncomfortable with.
She also claims that in wet weather, the parking area is prone to flooding, making it dangerous to walk on.
Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council said it was not possible to put a parking bay right outside her house as the road does not reach that far.
He added: “The pavement Mrs Brown was driving over to get closer to her house is used daily by children walking to and from the two local schools in the area, and was suffering a good deal of damage.
“In order to ensure children could use the footpath safely, we let Mrs Brown and her neighbours know that we intended to install bollards, which we have now done.
“We will continue to work with Eastleigh Borough Council to see if there is anything further that can be done to help Mrs Brown.”