Retired couple, Tom Wardle (67) and wife Shirley (73) have found selling their £350,000 home an immensely difficult task. After three years of no interest, and even after knocking £75,000 of the asking price, they have decided to take it down. However this is nothing to do with the general condition of the British house market, nor the general condition of the British economy. It is because Mr and Mrs Wardle’s house has been hit six times in a period of three years by on coming cars.
The couple have had to rebuild their garden wall six times in three years at a cost of £15,000 for their insurers. The house is located in a 30 mph zone, however it is 75 yards away from a notorious sharp bend black spot. The first crash was in September 2010, then in April 2011, two in August 201, July 2012 and most recently in April of this year.
Mr Wardle has said: “These crashes are obviously down to the road deteriorating because this never used to happen. But the council won’t do anything about it. They put a sign up, but people ignore it. I need to get this sorted out because the crashes regularly destroy our home, and the council won’t respond to me. It’s having a really bad effect on my health and my wife’s health, and it’s just so infuriating to see these cars knocking down my wall all the time. Nothing will be done about it until someone dies. There are lots of schoolchildren that walk through here, so something needs to be done desperately. Even when cars aren’t speeding they still skid round the bend, so it’s the road surface which isn’t good enough. Every year we plant loads of daffodils and dinner plate dalia flowers, and every year they get destroyed. We were desperate to sell this house, but it’s just not going to happen, everyone knows about the trouble with it. We’ve just given up now and took the house off the market.”
Mr Wardle added: “People round here know how dangerous the road is, so they need to have more respect for my property. This young lad the other day was definitely over the speed limit, and he didn’t even show any remorse afterwards. Friends in the area told me he was on Facebook and Twitter afterwards laughing about it. It’s no laughing matter.”
Jon Fraser, highways manager at Worcestershire County Council has said: “We have taken Mr Wardle’s concerns very seriously and last year speed and skid resistance tests resulted in a permanent speed activated sign being installed at the bend on Bretforton Main Street. Following the recent incident, the county highways’ inspectors will carry out a further assessment of the road surface which may have deteriorated over the winter months. We will also liaise with West Mercia Police with the aim of increasing enforcement on site”.
The latest car involved was a Vauxhall Corsa, driven by a driver in his early twenties.
We are not aware if the drivers were protected by Gap Insurance or not.