Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Furious residents have been left stunned after a council threatened to fine them £1,000 – for parking on their own driveways.
Homeowners in a quiet village have been told they have the wrong type of kerbs, despite having driven over them for the 50 years since the properties were built.
Councillors are using a law passed 30 years ago to stop them from parking beside their own homes.
But residents each face a £1,200 bill if they install ‘dropped kerbs’ that allow easier access to their driveways.
The council threat came in a letter delivered to 12 houses on Pinfold Street, a quiet road with smart semi-detached houses worth around £200,000 in Eastrington, East Yorkshire.
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The properties were built between 1949 and 1952. Some were built with driveways and others were added years later.
Two of the houses are council-owned, but they still received the letter – including baffled Ken Laverack, whose drive was built by the council 20 years ago after the 1980 Highways Act was introduced.
Retired Ken, 61, said: ‘I just couldn’t believe it when the letter arrived.
‘The council themselves put my drive in 20 years ago and now they’re saying I can’t use it. It’s absolutely ridiculous, my car is just on the road now.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 9:02 am