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Taylor Wimpey apology over driveway not big enough for car

The driveway Image copyright Paul Jones
Image caption Paul Jones said the driveway is more like a walkway

A couple who cannot get in or out of their car because their drive is so narrow say they are still waiting for developers to do something six months after moving in.

Paul Jones and his partner moved to the Fore Meadows estate in Great Barr, West Midlands, in February.

But they soon found their 89in-wide (226cm) drive stops them from being able to open their car doors.

Taylor Wimpey said it was working with the couple to resolve any issues.

"We apologise for any inconvenience which may have been caused, and hope to come to a mutually agreeable conclusion at the soonest possibility," a spokesman said.

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Image copyright Paul Jones

Mr Jones said he had seen the drive before moving in and thought it might be quite tight, but it was always filled with skips and builders' equipment and it looked similar to others on the estate.

"But when we first came here... and the skips were gone... we were like 'oh, the driveway is a bit pointless and more like a walkway'," he said.

"I've measured it and it's 89in."

He said he was fed up with the slow response from developer Taylor Wimpey, which he has repeatedly contacted.

Mr Jones said discussions have been had with the developer about removing a side wall and levelling the ground to resolve the issue but nothing has been confirmed.

Image copyright Paul Jones

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: "Since the property was sold through Walsall Housing Association, we are currently working with both the association and its customers to find a suitable resolution to the issue.

"As part of this, we will be holding a meeting with the customers as well as representatives of the housing association who own the adjacent properties which may potentially be impacted by any alteration works, on Thursday morning, to review all possible solutions and agree a course of action.

"Following this, the appropriate works will be carried out."

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