Town councillors refused an application to demolish a garden wall in Eight Acre Lane that would have created off-street parking for two cars.
The major grounds for turning down the plan were the proximity of the garden to an already hazardous roundabout, the need to reverse out on to a narrow lane, and the wall being in a Conservation Area.
However, not all councillors were happy with the decision that backed a planning officer’s recommendation.
“There would have been a public benefit in taking some parked cars off an overcrowded Wellesley Park,” said Cllr John Thorne. “I’ve seen far worse situations than this one in terms of vehicle access.”
But safety considerations won the day. “This is a narrow little lane and shouldn’t be treated like a highway,” commented Cllr Bob Critchard.