I’ve contacted the Council this morning and the person (receptionist) I spoke didn’t know anything about it and suggested I come in the office today which I will a little later. So after some advice, anyone on here had this? Are they trying it on, do I have to pay this fee or have a drive over a massive kerb in future..
Really don't want to fork out £250, wanted to pay for Outlaw this month
If you already have a dropped kerb, purpose built when the property and driveway was built and it has not occurred due to you driving up and over the kerb, I can't see how they can justify charging you for it. If it is a new dropped kerb then they can charge. Our council did a resurface job some years ago and marked which parts would be dropped or not. We were OK as ours was an existing one, the neighbour wanted his widened for 2 cars but did not pay as did not see he needed to and ended up with just the original size dropped kerb when the road was resurfaced.
I'm not an expert in this and I've just picked the brains of one of my colleagues on this for you. Also there are a lot of unknowns such as who installed the kerb, what was it designed for, who has responsibility for maintaining the road/ footway, yaddda, yadda, yadda.......
We are assuming that the dropped kerb is in place for vehicle access to a drive and not for pedestrians/ pushchairs/ wheelchairs. If so and also assuming that the kerb has been like this for some time and that you haven't just installed it yourself then as I understand it the council should put back the kerb as it was with no charge! I'm also assuming that the length of kerbing doesn't need to be extended to facilitate access, etc.
But I would ask the council to justify why you need to pay for what you've already got!
Not sure if this helps, but it is worth a shot!!
Cheers LS, dropped kerb is for a driveway, and both have been there for years and years and years!
Right .. off to council offices!
All sorted, the letter was sent to everyone by, er mistake. Either that or the contractors doing the work were trying it on, the £250 fee only applies to people wanting new access. Phew
Apparently I wasn't the only person they'd seen today asking the same question ...
EDIT: FB, hope nobody does cough up for no reason
It's sad though to be caught out like that
I did suggest to the council that perhaps they should send another letter clarifying the first!
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