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We live just meters from a 70mph road and are the last residents left on the road. Everyone has been displaced, but we are holding on

A COUPLE who are the last residents of their street have spoken about what it’s like living there after everyone else was evicted.

Gail Roberts, 64, and her husband live just meters from a 70mph road – but say they don’t want to leave their “dream home”.

Gail Roberts, from Derby, and her husband have spoken openly about being the last people living on their street

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Gail Roberts, from Derby, and her husband have spoken openly about being the last people living on their streetPhoto credit: DerbyshireLive/BPM
While the couple still loves their home, they are constantly fighting over parking spaces with university students

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While the couple still loves their home, they are constantly fighting over parking spaces with university studentsPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

But the couple says they have been fighting for months with students constantly parking on the other side of their driveway, blocking their access.

They called it a “nightmare” as Gail suffers from multiple sclerosis and was forced to miss hospital appointments due to selfish parking by University of Derby students.

Additionally, the couple says that because their home – and that of their neighbors – has been condemned, none of the authorities will do anything about it.

The problem arises from plans to build a £250m flyover on the A38 dual carriageway to ease congestion at the Markeaton Island roundabout in Derby.

Plans for the development have been circulating since the 1990s, but in 2019 the government signed an order requiring the National Highways to buy up the homes of people living nearby to make the project possible.

Now only the Roberts remain on an access road where parking was reserved only for residents of 16 single-family homes.

But when The Sun attended the event, around 70 cars were parked on the street outside the boarded-up houses.

Almost all vehicles belonged to university students, whose location is a short walk from the street and who benefit from free parking.

They told The Sun: “It’s been a nightmare for over two years.”

“The police and the council are just arguing about who is responsible for the road and nothing is changing.”

Earlier this year the Roberts accepted an offer from National Highways for £475,000 but struggled to find a suitable replacement home that could accommodate Gail’s medical needs.

So they stay in their homes and have to expect dozens of cars to arrive every day.

The couple say the police won’t listen, nor will the city council – and they’re unsure where to turn next.

They added: “We have removed number plates and complained to everyone we can complain to but it remains the same.”

“We are so fed up that we park our car on the street just to make a point and remind people that we live here. You have to come and knock on the door and ask us to move.”

“This was our dream house. It’s close to the A38 but when you’re inside you don’t hear anything.”

“It’s a great location, right next to Derby’s best park and I can walk to work so we only need one car.”

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“But we will go. There is no other possibility. We just need to find the right place.”

The Sun has contacted the University of Derby for comment.

All the other neighbors have moved out of their houses

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All the other neighbors have moved out of their houses
The couple say they have to say goodbye to their “dream home.”

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The couple say they have to say goodbye to their “dream home.”Photo credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The couple say Gail sometimes misses hospital appointments due to parking issues

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The couple say Gail sometimes misses hospital appointments due to parking issuesPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Jake Nichol

Jake Nichol is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Jake Nichol joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: charlesjones@wstnewspost.com.

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