AN angry resident is on collision course with East Renfrewshire Council over a decision to install bollards at the end of his driveway.

Paolo Di Mambro, 37, said he was left stunned when the obstacles were put in place to prevent access for vehicles.

Council chiefs insist they had to act for road safety reasons but Paolo is urging them to perform a U-turn.

He has stressed that he has no intention of using the driveway other than to allow vehicles access to bring building materials to his home as work continues on renovations there.

Paolo told the Barrhead News: “I feel like my home is being targeted by the council and I think it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“I only need vehicles to have temporary access to get the building materials to my house.

“There are so many other issues on the road outside my house that need fixed but the council have ignored them and have blocked access to my property.

“There are potholes all over the road and there are overgrown trees that make it difficult to walk on the pavement.”

Paolo, of East Kilbride Road, Busby, also said he is concerned about the bollards as he has a long-term medical condition which means he will need to use a wheelchair as his mobility declines.

He added: “When they came to put the bollards in, I had to ask them to at least leave a gap big enough for a wheelchair to get through.”

However, the council has said it would not be safe for vehicles to be able to access the busy A727 from Paolo’s driveway.

A spokesperson added: “It was brought to our attention recently that, despite several planning applications for vehicular access onto the A727 East Kilbride Road for this property being refused on the grounds that it was considered to be seriously detrimental to public road safety, vehicles were still accessing the property.

“Given the serious implications this has for road safety, the decision was taken to install bollards in the pavement to prevent this.

“The bollards have been positioned in such a way that pedestrian access to the property, including for wheelchair users or those with a pram or pushchair, is not impeded in any way.”