An angry local claims a neighbor called the police after they parked in front of their house because a huge hole had swallowed the road.
Around 50 residents in Stoke are competing for just five parking spaces after the 4ft hole surfaced three years ago.
One has now revealed that a neighbor called the police after they were forced to park in front of his house.
Amjad Hussain, 43, tells the story Stokes Live: “It caused us a lot of problems. We just want it sorted so we can access our garages, have access to the streets, and get our parking spots back.
“It has caused a lot of frustration between the neighbors. It really ruined the neighborhood vibe here, it ruined it completely.
“We have to park elsewhere and a neighbor even called the police and said that someone should not be parked in front of their house. It’s a nightmare.”
The sinkhole first appeared in August 2019, leaving locals unable to receive supplies or sell their homes.
Emergency vehicles are also unable to gain access, and some local residents have reported sightings of rats running out of the sinkhole.
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Stoke-on-Trent City Council, developers Redrow and water company Severn Trent were locked in a deadlock over the burglary.
The council has now written to residents confirming that they will begin survey work in the sinkhole this month.
But Amjad believes it’s too little too late for those whose lives have been marred by the problem for the past three years.
He said: “It’s been over three years now and they just blamed each other.
“It is disgusting. At least we know something is being done about it now, but it’s just an investigation, it’s not really clearing it up. It’s just an investigative process.
“I don’t know what they’ve been doing for the last three years. They don’t complete the job or do the job, it’s just an investigation after three years.”
“WE WANT IT TO BE SORTED”
Kevin Zholl, who couldn’t buy a car because the road is closed, also blew up the latest development.
He said: “It’s shocking that they’re just investigating now.
“During the pandemic we couldn’t order our food delivery from the supermarket because they complained that it was really inconvenient for them to deliver here.
“I was worried about what would happen if there was an emergency. I have contacted the council but they say there is nothing they can do.
“We just want it sorted.”
Redrow Midlands chief executive Robert Wilson said the company was aware of the “continuing difficulties and frustrations”.
He said they would continue to meet with the council and Severn Trent Water to “participate in discussions to find a solution”.
Severn Trent said they were “not responsible for the problems in the area” and said a survey found it was “highly unlikely” that they caused the sinkhole.
A City Council spokesman said: “We understand that the situation is immensely frustrating for residents.
“Letters were sent to affected households in December and again last week to inform them of the investigation work that will be carried out shortly. This examines what is needed to repair the road.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8459782/neighbour-called-police-park-home-sinkhole/ Our neighbor reported us to COPS because we were parked in front of his house when a hole in the ground swallowed up the street in front of our house