Fourth porch smash in three years for Rambury couple
10:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Latest News
CARELESS drivers are causing havoc for Ramsbury residents Sylvia and Edward Judge with four vehicles crashing into their porch in three years.
The most recent incident happened on Saturday at around 4.30pm when an Asda delivery van drove on the pavement to avoid a car and ended up smashing into Mr and Mrs Judge’s porch on the High Street where they have lived for 25 years.
Mrs Judge, 71, said: “I had gone to London for the day when it happened but my husband was in the study in our attic.
“He said that he thought there had been a gas explosion because the whole house shook and my neighbours said they thought a gun had gone off.
“When I got back at about ten past five I was very upset, I just thought ‘not again’. The delivery man came up on the pavement because a car was driving along the High Street but instead of stopping he carried on driving.
“There are always cars parked along one side of the street but there are also spaces to stop in anticipation of another car.”
As a result of the crash the porch collapsed and the electricity cable that provides power to the property was ripped out, which repair men spent five hours working on the next day.
Mrs Judge said: “We had to call someone out on Saturday to make sure it was safe and then on Sunday workmen took five hours to refit it. We were able to use the electricity on Saturday but on Sunday it was off while work was being carried out so we couldn’t cook dinner.”
The first time a vehicle crashed into the house was in 2010 when a Tesco van went into the porch and three similar incidents have occurred since with extensive work needed each time.
Mrs Judge said: “We live in a conservation area so we are not supposed to change the appearance of the house but the chairman of the parish council suggested that we don’t replace the porch.
“We’ve been thinking of just putting up a pseudo porch.”
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