A home improvement show starring Carol Vorderman today sparked a parking row after residents complained that the film crew was receiving star treatment.
Residents were moaning after the presenter and her Better Homes team moved into a Leicester street this week to work their DIY magic on two terraced houses.
As builders’ vans and filming trucks blocked the one-way streets in Wigston, local homeowners, who are banned from parking outside their properties, said the crew was getting special treatment.
Ms Vorderman said she did not know what all the fuss was about as the builders had permits to park on the street.
The row started on Monday when two teams of designers rolled into Paddock Street to transform the two houses for the ITV1 show which will go on air in June or July.
The teams are competing to see who can most increase the value of the property.
But residents said the way in which the builders were allowed to park on the streets yet they were being threatened with having to pay for parking was ‘‘grossly unfair’’.
Robert Middleditch, 76, said his wife, Olga, 77, was disabled, yet they were not even allowed a disabled parking space outside their house.
‘‘We have got to get up at 8am every morning to move the car up the road,’’ he said.
Tammy O’Neill, 25, who has two young children, said: ‘‘I am very angry about it. I came to unload my shopping outside the house last week and the traffic warden told me I had five minutes or they would give me a ticket.
‘‘It seems like they will allow those lot to park here because they are from the TV.
‘‘We are just ordinary people and they say ‘sorry but you can just pay’.’’
Ms Vorderman, standing outside one of the refitted houses, said: ‘‘We have got permits for all of this.
‘‘We need builders to do what we are doing and we are going to make two families very happy indeed.’’
However, she lent her support to the parking campaign now set up by local residents, who have gathered a 24-signature petition.
She said: ‘‘If that is what they want, good luck to them. Say I wish them all the best.’’