A SOON-TO-BE bride has expressed her disappointment at the council, as the delay to the Town Hall's new garden has scuppered her plans for the big day.

Margaret Blower, 38, and her partner Karl Smith, 39, of Wombwell, had booked and paid for their May 25 ceremony - which coincides with Karl's 40th birthday - at the venue in October 2012.

Having heard about the new gardens and water feature, they rushed to book the wedding and had pictured stunning photographs to remember their day.

Although their paperwork stated that only one vehicle was allowed to be parked in front of the building, the couple asked the authority for permission for two motorcycles to be parked there instead. This was agreed, but the subsequent road closure came into effect and the plans had changed.

"Karl rang them to ask how this would affect the parking of the bikes," Margaret said. "He was told that no-one is allowed to park directly in front of the building, and that we would have to park within a designated space on Church Street."

After having no further communication, the couple are disappointed with what has happened over the last seven months since booking their dream day.

"They have made no attempt to contact us," Margaret added. "The path at the front has been torn up and there's metal fencing all around.

"It's a mess. We don't know where we can park and quite frankly, who wants to get married in the middle of a building site? This is our special day - we're utterly devastated."

The fountain and public gardens are scheduled to be officially opened on June 27.