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ChrisB07/11/2016 18:41:55
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Looking to widen the existing dropped kerb. I know you have to go through the council etc but other than an admin fee how much does it cost to widen 4ft-5ft and can it be done this time of year or do they prefer to leave until the frosts have gone?

Thanks

Bob Cotsford07/11/2016 19:50:34
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Mine was a bit over £600 through the council system for a 2M extension of an existing dropped curb, but that probably depends on your local council. In my case, Birmingham, it pays to plan 6 months ahead as it took them about 3 months just to come out and survey it. That alone is somewhere around £200 iirc, if you have the council organise the work that is deducted from the total cost. You can go straight to one of the approved contractors and pay roughly £150 more and have the work done by the same team that the council would have employed. If you have nearby trees, service accesses or any other obstruction you can probably add in another £1000.

ben goodfellow 107/11/2016 20:03:43
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we are having to this because of our house extension . we need to go to a double dropped kerb from a single . i was expexting around 750. you can do the work yourself if you have it in you and just get it signed off

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Martin McIntosh07/11/2016 21:02:52
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Many years ago I had this problem in Birmingham. Because of cars parked on each side of the road they said that they would yellow line it unless we paid them to provide dropped kerb access to the frontages. We said that we would do it ourselves but their excuse was that there were telephone cables under the adjacent tree lined area which would be crushed.

I worked for BT at the time and there was no way that this could be so. It was, however, fine if we paid the council to do the same work!

reg shaw07/11/2016 21:03:06
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I doubt any council will let you do the work yourself unless you can prove you carry the multigazzilion pound public liability insurance and traffic control systems required to work on a public road. I'd get the ball rolling with the council asap as it will quite likely take ages for them to bat it back!

Ian.

john stones 107/11/2016 21:13:09
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Done a few concrete drives for people, if it's straight forward council don't take long with permission.

ChrisB07/11/2016 22:04:26
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Thanks chaps.

No great shock about costs. The way our road was built back in the 60's was that the pavement between each property remains level and the dropped kerb stones are half round instead of 90 degree. (As below)dropped kerb.jpg

These days they drop and the entire pavement for each access and then raise the pavement between accesses.

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I hope the former will apply, as the cost to drop an entire pavement is ridiculous and unnecessary.

Edited By ChrisB on 07/11/2016 22:06:18

IanN07/11/2016 23:49:17
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Posted by Percy Verance on 07/11/2016 20:39:30:

I did my own about 20 years ago. I didn't pay any sort of admin fee and simply needed to obtain permission for vehicular access over a footpath, which (back then) appears to have been given as a matter of course.

Ditto, when we moved in and had the drive done we got the guy to drop the kerb at the same time. When we asked for the (necessary) permission for the vehicle access over the path I got the distinct impression they thought I was wasting their time and wondered why I was bothering asking

I wonder if people just went ahead and did it anyway then - provided it was "par for the course" for the location, was an ok job and didn't stand out - would anyone from the authorities actually notice?

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Bob Cotsford08/11/2016 12:22:05
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Posted by john stones 1 on 07/11/2016 21:13:09:

Done a few concrete drives for people, if it's straight forward council don't take long with permission.

Now that made me chuckle, after 3 months of nothing I had to involve the leader of Birmingham City Council to get the lazy bar stewards in the dropped curb section to extract their communal digits and complete the required survey!

kc08/11/2016 12:37:49
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What a massive cost for a simple thing. No wonder there are so many 4 x 4 vehicles used as private cars - they just drive over the kerb!

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ChrisB08/11/2016 19:24:18
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The thought had occurred to me Tom and it might be the way I goyes

ben goodfellow 108/11/2016 19:39:00
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trouble wiith that is you have no right to access . people could just park across it

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ben goodfellow 108/11/2016 21:31:34
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ok in that case you would not need permission to drop the kerb, unless you wanted to write a letter to yourself charging an admin fee , you could then add it to your flying budget

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