Motorist’s anger over losing 12 wing mirrors

Wing mirrors knocked off car in Lyddington - Maria Hickinbotham looks through the repaired wing mirror'Photo: MSMP210713-220js
Wing mirrors knocked off car in Lyddington - Maria Hickinbotham looks through the repaired wing mirror'Photo: MSMP210713-220js

A woman is calling for road improvements outside her home after 12 wing mirrors have been knocked off her car in five years.

Maria Hickinbotham has spent more than £2,500 replacing the wing mirrors which she says have been damaged by passing vehicles in Main Street, Lyddington.

Wing mirrors knocked off car in Lyddington - Maria Hickinbotham beside her car which has had both wing mirrors damaged while parked outside her home in Main Street 'Photo: MSMP210713-209js

Wing mirrors knocked off car in Lyddington - Maria Hickinbotham beside her car which has had both wing mirrors damaged while parked outside her home in Main Street 'Photo: MSMP210713-209js

Homes in the street do not have driveways and residents have to park cars on the road.

Maria says some motorists are speeding along the road, which has a 30mph limit, and struggling to slow down and give way to oncoming cars.

The road is too narrow for vehicles to pass each other when there is a car parked outside the row of cottage and this forces vehicles to pull in close to her Ford Focus.

Maria had her 12th wing mirror knocked off on Friday, July 12.

She was left angered and frustrated and has now called a meeting between Rutland County Council, Lyddington Parish Council, police and residents in the village to express her concerns and try to resolve the problem.

The meeting takes place outside her house in Main Street at 4pm on Wednesday next week.

Maria, 62, said: “Cars just come speeding through the village and don’t realise how narrow it is, and by that time it’s too late to slow down.

“They have to pull over to avoid a collision and that’s when they hit my wing mirror. I’m sick to death of having to pay out for new ones.

“The speeds cars go through the village are ludicrous.

“I fear that someone is going to be killed.

“I really want to highlight the problems and that’s why I’ve called the meeting.”

Maria has temporarily been given a cone by the Lyddington Parish Council chairman Ian Canadine which she puts next to her car to highlight it for motorists passing through.

She believes the long-term solution could be the introduction of a chicane to both ends of the street to slow cars down and highlight the right of way priority.

Her daughter Charlie has also had a wing mirror broken-off when she was parked outside her mum’s house.

Maria has taped her wing mirror back onto her car following the most recent incident.