Manchester man hopes to reinstall DIY road barricade outside his house to stop parents parking there

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Man, 65, who built a DIY road barricade in front of his home to prevent parents from parking there on the school loop but had to remove, says he hopes to install a new one – with garden GNOMES

  • Derek Woodacre’s homemade barrier was removed by the Wigan Council last month
  • The 65-year-old said parents who used his road to evict caused damage
  • The eager gnome maker plans to decorate a reconstructed barrier with statues
  • But neighbors have complained that his antics have led to ‘sleepless nights’

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A man who had his homemade parking barricade removed by the council last month said he plans to put in a new one, decorated with handmade garden gnomes.

Derek Woodacre, 65, has been battling parents at St. John’s Primary School in Mosley Common for years over the fact that they parked in his road because they had to go to school.

He said the damage caused by parents driving on the road would cost “thousands” to repair and took it upon himself to build an extensive blockade of planters and other objects.

But after more than two years of receiving complaints that the barriers were blocking emergency services and trucks access to Commonside Road, the Wigan Council finally removed the structure on July 19.

The 65-year-old said he now has people from all over Greater Manchester and beyond visiting him to talk about the spat.

“People drive past Manchester and come up to me and burst out laughing,” he said.

“They hear in tears what I have planned for the future. The area has gone mad.’

Mr. Woodacre, an avid gnome maker, hopes he can reconstruct and embellish the blockade with the handcrafted statues.

Derek Woodacre, 65, said he wants to rebuild his barricade and decorate it with gnomes he makes himself.

Derek Woodacre, 65, said he wants to rebuild his barricade and decorate it with gnomes he makes himself.

He built a homemade barricade on Commonside Road to prevent parents from parking for school dropouts, but it was removed by the Wigan Council last month

He built a homemade barricade on Commonside Road to prevent parents from parking for school dropouts, but it was removed by the Wigan Council last month

He built a homemade barricade on Commonside Road to prevent parents from parking for school dropouts, but it was removed by the Wigan Council last month

He also said he plans to make the pit in ‘Lake Gnomo’, as a tribute to one of his favorite locations in the world, Lake Como in Italy. It becomes an extension of what he calls “Gnome Man’s Land” in his front yards.

Neighbors will hope Mr Woodacre will not achieve his goal of rebuilding the decommissioned structure, after complaining that his antics had led to “sleepless nights.”

They called him “contrary” and “stressful,” but Mr Woodacre believes few neighbors are against him, claiming he “just doesn’t care about their opinions anymore.”

Ruby Howard, who has lived on Commonside Road all her life, told the Manchester Evening News that Mr Woodacre’s construction “looked awful” and had caused an argument with the parents.

Mr Woodacre had been fighting for years with his parents at St John's Primary School in Mosley Common.  He said their parking lot in his road caused damage that will cost 'thousands' to repair

Mr Woodacre had been fighting for years with his parents at St John's Primary School in Mosley Common.  He said their parking lot in his road caused damage that will cost 'thousands' to repair

Mr Woodacre had been fighting for years with his parents at St John’s Primary School in Mosley Common. He said their parking lot in his road caused damage that will cost ‘thousands’ to repair

The 65-year-old said he “don’t care” about the opinions of his neighbours, who have branded him “unruly” and “stressful”.

She said, “When he was told to remove the slab, he began to dig even more in the pit. It’s been stressful, people on the streets have sleepless nights.

“At first he was fine and wanted to help with the road, I think he got a little too passionate. He fired everyone and wanted to do his own thing.’

Another neighbor said Mr Woodacre had even put gas canisters on the road to prevent parents from driving over to drop off their children.

“He wants the attention. He made the hole bigger. He is known in the area. He said he’s going to antagonize the whole street,” said the neighbor.

“It’s running out. I’ve never experienced anything like it.’

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