Dropped kerb will cost up to £1,000

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JENNY KIRKHAM jenny.kirkham@reach­plc.com @seftone­cho

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

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