Dropped kerb will cost up to £1,000
ASOUTHPORT woman has agreed to a solution after being told she was parked on her own driveway illegally.
Helen Maloney was shocked when she received a letter from Sefton Council to say that her property was off-limits to cars.
She said: “The letter said I can’t park on my own driveway because I don’t have a dropped kerb.
“Apparently, by driving over the pavement in front of my house to get on to my drive, I am breaking the Highways Act.”
The letter goes on to say recipients must “construct a crossing” if they want to continue parking on their drives.
One week on after receiving the letter, Helen said she had agreed to have work done to drop the kerb.
Helen said: “I have agreed, with my neighbour who also received a letter, to put in a dropped kerb.
“What other choice did I have? It was either that or continue to break the law as they said I have been doing for the last 12 years.”
The angry homeowner said that her neighbour was also going to apply to the Highways Agency to have her kerb dropped and that they may be able to receive a discount for applying together for the work that is expected to cost around £1,000.
Ward councillor Patricia Keith has also been in contact with Helen and said she would be asking questions of the council about the letters sent out.
She said: “I am interested to know how many unsuspecting residents have received this letter out of the blue and what the repercussions are.”
“Not everyone has £1,000 to fork out and this will undoubtedly cause hardship for some residents.
“The letter implies that if residents cannot afford to pay for dropped kerbs and need to save up for the full amount.
“In the interim they will have to park their vehicles on the road with the risk that can entail.
“They could potentially incur higher insurance premiums for parking on the public highway.”
At the time the letters were sent out, a spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “The continuous driving over pavements can lead to the damage of a footway creating uneven surfaces which can also lead to trip hazards.
“In this instance the footway outside the property has not been dropped and we have written to the home owner informing them of this while asking them to take the necessary corrective action.
“This resident has since been in touch with us with the view of resolving the matter and we await further contact with her.”
Helen Maloney and her neighbour will have to pay to have a dropped kerb installed; left, the council letter