In Méricourt, here’s why this family can no longer go home through the front door

The daily life of Aurélie and Benjamin, inhabitants of Méricourt, has become unbearable: their front door is almost inaccessible. (© news Pas-de-Calais / FB)

Imagine if returning to your house was an obstacle course every day. Unfortunately, this is what Aurélie, Benjamin and their three children experience at Mericourt, in the Pas-de-Calais.

This family can (almost) not get through the front door anymore, access is blocked by a green hedge and their driveway is condemned by concrete blocks. The problem has persisted since June 2022, the young couple can’t take it anymore.

Access to their street is blocked

Aurélie and Benjamin arrived in November 2021 at 11, rue Louise-Michel, accommodation they had built and for which they invested nearly 200,000 euros. But the address is wrong. According to the Méricourtois, the cadastral maps and the deed of ownership show that the house is located in rue de la Gare.

“Basically, our house was facing the other way (towards rue Louise Michel), the front door had to be on the other side,” says Benjamin. With the agreement of the architect and Territoire 62, the promoter, the father of the family had the direction changed, towards rue de la Gare. “It was more coherent compared to the other houses because the entrances are on that side. Everyone was copying the email, no one said anything. »

The front door, which is in the rue de la Gare, is however almost no longer accessible since June. “A green hedge has been planted in front of our house. The trees grow in front, it’s a hassle. »

For the town hall, the entrance to the young couple’s home is at 11, rue Louise-Michel, not in rue de la Gare despite the changes made by Benjamin. Except that there is no entrance door at number 11 rue Louise-Michel, it is a parking space for the family’s vehicles.

There is no front door at 11, rue Louise-Michel in Méricourt. This place serves as the couple's garage.
There is no front door at 11, rue Louise-Michel in Méricourt. This place serves as the couple’s garage. (©DR)

“When you buy on a street, you expect to have your entrance on that same street. It makes sense,” he complains. The 30-year-old even tried to convince the workers to pour a short meter of concrete to create a makeshift passage to the front door, “even that was impossible”.

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Today, access to their driveway is blocked off by concrete blocks installed because the municipality had noticed that many vehicles were passing in front of the couple’s house to reach rue Louise-Michel. It is the only dwelling concerned in the whole street.

A situation deemed incomprehensible by Aurélie and Benjamin. “We have to cut down the trees that grow in front of the door if we want to enter. We no longer go with the shopping and the stroller. It has become an obstacle course. Imagine when it’s raining cats and dogs. We can’t even park our car in front of the house for even two minutes,” they say.

Access to rue de la Gare is blocked off by concrete blocks on each side.
Access to rue de la Gare is blocked off by concrete blocks on each side. (© news Pas-de-Calais / FB)

The Méricourtois became parents for the third time, their youngest at 10 months. “The neighbors tell us: ‘But how do you manage to get home?’ We can’t sleep any more ”, breathes Aurélie.

A tragedy even almost happened recently because of these concrete blocks. Aurélie and Benjamin’s baby suffered from pneumopathy (a lung infection, editor’s note), the firefighters had to go around the neighborhood to intervene.

A situation that becomes “unlivable”

“The emergency services hallucinated. They told us that we could have lost our baby because of that, ”she explains, her throat still knotted. The young couple’s dream of buying a house is becoming a nightmare.

“It becomes unlivable. We are disgusted, we don’t dare to do anything at home for fear that someone will bother us. We are even challenged for a facade coating,” says Benjamin. “We are asking for an opening of the driveway and a passage for the front door, nothing more. »

The Méricourtois should meet the mayor and one of his deputies at the end of December to try to resolve these problems which affect their daily lives.

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In Méricourt, here’s why this family can no longer go home through the front door