Beware the off-street parking charges postcode lottery

31 January 2017
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We’re all familiar with the term ‘postcode lottery’ when it comes to school catchment areas, but have you ever thought about it through the lens of off-street parking costs?

Research from Direct Line Home Insurance shows that homeowners who wish to lower the kerb outside their property to allow access for their vehicles face a huge variance in application costs depending on where they live.

 

Charges range from being free if you’re governed by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council’s to £267.50 if Dorset County Council is in charge.

Bromley Council charges £100 while within London, Wandsworth Council requires £45, but Richmond-upon-Thames charges £210. The average cost across the whole of the UK is £66.

These numbers come after figures show that in 2015 there were 42,281 applications for a dropped kerb - an increase of 13,000 between 2013 and 2015 - of which 29,587 were approved, according to Direct Line’s research.

 

Some councils will offer a full or partial refund if your application is rejected, such as Coventry and Cambridge, but others won’t give you a penny back if you’re turned down. 
The insurer adds that in total, £2.9 million was raised for local councils throughout 2015 though dropped kerb applications.

The biggest earner was Kent County Council, which earned over £404,000 from this revenue source, with Surrey County Council coming in second, with its coffers increased by £191,411.

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