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Granddaughter could have died after cars blocked ambulance from getting to her
A DISABLED man from Poole has threatened to smash any car blocking the road outside his house after an ambulance could not reach his convulsing granddaughter.
Terry Leach, 53, has also launched a formal complaint against Poole Borough Council regarding the parking because of the dangerous situation his six-year-old granddaughter was placed in.
Six-year-old Ruby has a tumour called a hemangioma on her nose which affects her breathing and caused her to fit and convulse at the house in Holly Hedge Lane.
Terry said: “I panicked because I realised a car had blocked us in, so we wouldn’t be able to get out and an ambulance would definitely not be able to reach us.
“Ruby could have died, her eyes rolled completely back into her head. We had to treat her ourselves and luckily she stopped convulsing.
“There is no way a fire engine or ambulance could fit down our lane, it’s so dangerous.”
Terry has taken up a complaint with the Ombudsman against the planning department because of the problems associated with the development opposite his house, which was approved by an independent inspector.
He has placed signs around his house asking neighbours and visitors not to park directly outside because he is registered disabled and has to use walking sticks.
Richard Genge, planning manager, Borough of Poole, said: “The four new homes built opposite Mr Leach’s property provided some off-road parking for that development as well other benefits for all residents including a turning space and visibility onto the adopted road.
“While Holly Hedge Lane does vary in width, there would be adequate space for any emergency vehicles to access the lane.
“As Holly Hedge Lane is a private road the council has no control over how residents choose to park along it and cannot enforce parking restrictions here.”
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