The owner of a dance school has spoken out after residents living in streets near her school have accused her of causing a parking ‘hell hole’. Natalie Woodgate runs the school out of a former church, and she also owns the Downing Dance Academy which also runs out of the same community hub.
She says she is trying her best to sort out the parking issues that are plaguing the nearby residents. It comes after a row broke out after cars have been left on double yellow lines, Gazette Live reports.
Brian Pugh, who lives on Pritchett Road, is fed up with vehicles lining the streets and parking on the double yellow lines. For Mr Pugh, 67, the situation reached a tipping point over the most recent bank holiday weekend when a dance competition was held.
He said: “I have lived here for over thirty years and it was a bank holiday from hell. It was disgusting.” He went on to add: “These streets are now a convenient car park for her business. She just does things as she chooses with total disregard.
“This was once a very quiet residential area but now it’s a hellhole and if I could move tomorrow I would. There are a lot of people, excuse my language, getting p**sed off now, it’s getting beyond a joke. Something must be done about it.”
However, Mrs Woodgate, wife of former Boro and England defender Jonathan Woodgate, said she was working with residents in the area to solve the issues and had met with a woman who lives on Pritchett Road, and was speaking on behalf of the residents, just last week. Mrs Woodgate said they planned to approach Middlesbrough Council to see whether parking permits could be introduced in the area.
The dance academy owner warned residents it would be a busy bank holiday weekend and also visited one of them on Sunday to let them know she was doing all she could about the parking. Mrs Woodgate added: “I am doing everything that I have been told by the council and the conditions of the planning permission, there is nothing else I can do.
“I have paid £2,000 for the yellow lines on the road, I’ve sorted the white markings, people use the car park. On a weekend when we are having events the parking is an issue. We know this and we have been trying to deal with it.”
Mr Pugh is worried that access to homes along the surrounding roads could prove tricky. He added: “It’s been a nightmare. If an emergency service vehicle needed to get down, they couldn’t, it’s as simple as that. There’s going to be a serious accident …….