A house owner has been threatened with authorized motion by her native council – for parking on her personal driveway.
Helen Maloney is one in every of a number of residents of Southport, Merseyside, who’ve been warned they face payments of as much as £1,000 for driving on and off their properties.
Miss Maloney – who has lived in her dwelling for 12 years and at all times used the drive – has been informed that is due to a little-known rule which requires a sloping dropped kerb exterior her home to keep away from the pavement being broken by automobiles.
She stated yesterday: ‘The letter stated I can’t park alone driveway as a result of I don’t have a dropped kerb.
‘Apparently, by driving over the pavement in entrance of my home to get on to my drive, I’m breaking the Highways Act.
Helen Maloney is one in every of a number of residents of Southport, Merseyside, who’ve been warned they face payments of as much as £1,000 for driving on and off their properties (inventory picture of kerbs on the road)
My next-door neighbour has a dipped kerb so she didn’t get [a letter], however others in my road did.’
The letter warns recipients they have to ‘assemble a crossing’ in the event that they need to proceed parking on their drives – regardless of the kerb over which Miss Maloney frequently drives being so low it’s barely noticeable.
Failure to conform may end result within the council finishing up the work itself and recovering the complete value of round £1,000 from owners.
The row prompted a combined response from residents on social media. ‘The council ought to have already put a drop kerb in place without spending a dime along with her having a driveway. Disgusting how they attempt to fleece you,’ wrote Janine Dillon.
However Keith Driscoll stated: ‘She’s been breaking the legislation for 12 years… repair it like the remainder of us who paid for dropped kerbs.’
A spokesman for Sefton Council stated: ‘Driving over pavements can result in the harm of a footway, creating uneven surfaces which might additionally result in journey hazards.’