Pensioner protests over resurfacing work at White Hart Lane (and not a football in sight)

White Hart Lane resident Maragaret Hunnibell speaks to a police officer after protesting in her car over the resurfacing of the road outside her house in Haddenham
White Hart Lane resident Maragaret Hunnibell speaks to a police officer after protesting in her car over the resurfacing of the road outside her house in Haddenham

A pensioner obstructed workmen by blocking the road with her car during a peaceful protest early this morning (Friday).

Margaret Hunnibell, 73, sat in her silver Ford Fiesta with newspapers and books from 7.30am until police officers arrived just after 9am.

White Hart Lane resident Maragaret Hunnibell protests in her car over the resurfacing of the road outside her house in Haddenham

White Hart Lane resident Maragaret Hunnibell protests in her car over the resurfacing of the road outside her house in Haddenham

She is upset that road repairs in White Hart Lane, Haddenham are stopping halfway in front of the car port she shares with her neighbour.

The work is being carried out by developer Rectory Homes, which has built two homes down the lane.

Mrs Hunnibell said: “I’m a stickler for detail and it just looks silly.”

She would prefer the resurfacing work to come down a bit further to the end of the carport area, or if that is unacceptable, to leave the whole area in front of the car ports as it is.

She said: “I know there are lots of roads around here in a condition just as bad as ours. My problem is the appearance of this broken road going into this smooth road in the middle of the frontage outside our car ports. It will just look silly.

“It’s not the workmen I have a problem with, they have all been perfectly nice and I am sorry to hold them up.

“My protest is with Rectory Homes.”

Mrs Hunnibell said she asked the site manager if Rectory Homes would be prepared to carry the road works just a little further on, to the end of the car ports but he said they would not.

The company has constructed five large new homes in the village, two in White Hart Lane, with access for construction traffic off Wyre Close.

But Mrs Hunnibell feels there has been an increase in heavy traffic to the site in recent months and said: “The road has got worse since they have been building.”

PCs Andrew Melton and Sharon Cann from Aylesbury police station attended the scene and persuaded Mrs Hunnibell to remove her car so that workmen could get on with their work.

She then invited them into her home where they listened to and noted her concerns.

David Ullathorne, director of Rectory Homes told this newspaper the resurfacing work was being carried out to repair the area excavated for services to the new properties.

He said: “Where we have dug holes, rather than patch we are resurfacing. We are repairing the damage we have caused.

“We are happy to have a dialogue in a sensible manner with our neighbour.

“If she requires additional work we will talk to her and come to an agreement. It may involve her making a contribution and I hope we can sort it out.”

In a statement he also said: “We are always sympathetic to requests to make good after our works, however, we feel that we are already re-surfacing far more than we might need to do .

“White Hart Lane has been excavated many times over recent years and the general poor state of the road can be seen way beyond our site.

“We simply do not feel we have in any way damaged the road in front of our neighbour’s house and that we are being asked to make good previous wear and tear.

“We are a major employer in the village and great supporters of local good causes including a major supporter of the village library and other village events.

“We would not wish to unnecessarily upset anyone and remain happy to discuss further with our neighbour in an appropriate manner, but we do not feel that obstruction of the highway causing inconvenience and safety issues to many people is a sensible platform from which to conduct such discussions.”

For readers who do not follow football, White Hart Lane is also the name of premier league club Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in North London.