Car crashes into OAP’s garden — for FIFTH time

DEMOLITION -- Betty Potts by the spot where the car crashed through her garden fence
DEMOLITION -- Betty Potts by the spot where the car crashed through her garden fence

A PETRIFIED pensioner says she has been told she must wait EIGHT MONTHS for repairs after an out-of-control car ploughed through the fence and front garden at her home.

Betty Potts (75) was in bed at her bungalow on Cinderhill Road, Bulwell when the vehicle crashed in the early hours of the morning.

It is the FIFTH time a car has ended up in Betty’s garden in the last 25 years.

Now she says she has reached the “end of her tether” after being told by Nottingham City Homes (NCH) how long it will be before her fence is replaced at her Nottingham City Council-owned bungalow.

“I nearly passed out when I saw that this had happened again,” said Betty, who suffers from heart trouble and is on medication.

“It didn’t wake me but when I looked out of the window at 5 am, I couldn’t believe the carnage.

“I don’t know how the car missed the bay window of my front room.

“I have lived here since 1984. It was originally a ‘prefab’ building, and we once had three cars end up in the garden. The bungalow was rebuilt but it has continued to happen.

“If I was younger, I would just leave. I have had enough.”

Betty is a widow but has three sons, 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The whole family is disgusted at the decision by NCH.

“It is bad enough this has happened at all,” added Betty. “But the long wait is just adding insult to injury.”

However, after being contacted by the Dispatch, NCH has now confirmed that work will be carried out on Mrs Potts’s fence in the next two weeks.

A spokesman said: “We have apologised to Mrs Potts for the confusion. It was believed the driver’s insurer would be covering a new fence. We have now been informed this isn’t the case.

“The February date was one that was scheduled as part of a regular maintenance programme, not a date in response to the crash.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Betty by the spot where the car crashed through her garden fence — DISPIC 11-1691-1.