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    Addy1
    Dropped Kerb
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    • 1st Mar 08, 9:18 PM
    Dropped Kerb 1st Mar 08 at 9:18 PM
    Does anyone know how much a dropped kerb costs to have put in?
    I looked on the council website and it basically said "it depends" with no other info!
    We are looking to put in an offer and the house has off street parking round the back but alot of the other houses have drives and there is space for one, so it would seem sensible to get a dropped kerb if the cost isn't prohibitive!

    Any ball park figures, or what you have paid would help.

    Thanks in advance
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    • By LittleVoice 1st Mar 08, 9:19 PM
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    Councils can, I believe, charge what they want for this facility. I would phone them up and ask first thing on Monday. Or will the EA be receiving offers tomorrow?
  • BobProperty
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    • 1st Mar 08, 9:29 PM
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    • 1st Mar 08, 9:29 PM
    This has been talked about on here a few times in the past. Several hundred is the best guess.
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 12:37 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 12:37 AM
    So sorry to waste your precious time.

    People have been really helpful when I have asked questions before but now I may think twice about asking for help.
    • Sagz
    • By Sagz 2nd Mar 08, 12:38 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 12:38 AM
    Mine quoted me over a grand!!!
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 12:44 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 12:44 AM
    Thanks for that, it is useful to know. Not sure it will add any value to the house but we aren't really doing it for that reason - as long as it doesn't make it lose value!
    But I don't suppose it would stop us putting in an offer, it would just be nice to know the option is there if we get fed up of parking round the back. I think by the time we have saved up for furniture etc it might be a while before we could afford it at that price!
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 9:07 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 9:07 AM
    this could be interesting reading for you OP:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=725689

    It talks about some of the probelms people have had with driveways/dropped kurbs.
  • Addy1
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 9:13 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 9:13 AM
    Thanks.

    That sounds very annoying!

    However the house is on a fairly quiet road that is not really a thru road to anywhere, and there are double yellows on the side where the house is, and parking is relatively simple on the other side. Plus all the houses have parking at the back.

    Although it would be awful to get blocked in! But my partner is a copper so hopefully could do something about that!
  • BobProperty
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 9:24 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 08, 9:24 AM
    So sorry to waste your precious time.

    People have been really helpful when I have asked questions before but now I may think twice about asking for help.
    Originally posted by Addy1
    I wasn't being sarcastic, I was stating a fact. If you'd used the search facility you would have found that this subject and prices has been discussed a few times in, say, the last year.
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  • Rick62
    My ex wife had it done. I think the council quoted about £1500, she then had it done privately for about half that. But it is often a council requirement that they do it, so she had it done illegally and in theory the council could make her put it back.
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    • VickyA
    • By VickyA 2nd Mar 08, 10:08 AM
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    When friends had their kerb dropped, their council basically gave them a list of "approved" contractors. They just worked their way through that list until they found the cheapest.
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  • dekh
    North Tyneside Council quoted me £1400 for a double dropped kirb.

    However, get the council to come talk to you. Get the spec they require for the kirb and the path between the kirb and your drive. You can then get it done privately but the builder has to supply a copy of their Public Liability Insurance Certificate and do it to Council specs and give proper notice.

    At least in North Tyneside - quotes I'm getting so far £700.
  • Addy1
    I think we will put in an offer on the house regardless, and then ask the council once we have moved in and got settled, as their seems to be such a range of prices!
    • jackieb
    • By jackieb 2nd Mar 08, 10:51 AM
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    I got mine done 2 years ago by a council approved contractor. I was £2000 which included lock-blocking the front of the house. £420 of that was for dropping the kerb. My cousin lives nearby and she got a quote from another contractor for a dropped kerb only, and she was quoted £800.
  • Addy1
    £420 sounds more reasonable
    I can get a friend to pave the driveway cheaply, but want to go down the official council route for the kerb part!
    • jackieb
    • By jackieb 2nd Mar 08, 11:16 AM
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    When you go down to the council to seek permission (that cost us £30, someone comes up and has a look at the pavement, that's all), they should be able to give you a list of approved contractors.
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    • By pinkshoes 2nd Mar 08, 12:40 PM
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    I seem to remember that a colleague had to pay around the £1000 mark to get his done, but the biggest problem was the council kicking up a fuss about the change of use of the land i.e. a front garden into a parking space, and it too a LONG time to prove that it was like that when he bought it 3 months previously. For a while they wanted him to convert it back into garden, but eventually they agreed to the parking space and dropped curb.
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  • Addy1
    I have a feeling it won't be a problem as about half the houses on the street have driveways, but it is useful to know.
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    • By oasisfeverish 3rd Mar 08, 2:16 PM
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    Also ask your council if they are planning in the near future to replace the pavements.

    Our council were doing this and did a leaflet drop asking if we wanted a dropped kerb when the work started at a reduced rate. We got ours done for £158, as the workman were replacing all the paving slabs and kerb stones anyway.

    They may have no plans, but always worth asking the question. You may have to wait a while till the work starts, but the saving will be of a benefit, when you eventually lay out for the drive.
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    I was really lucky I think. 20 years ago when I moved in I put some slabs on my front garden to park the car on and just drove up the kerb, and the neighbours. all did the same. A few years later the council were doing some work on the road and just put dropped kerbs in front of all the houses. Never asked for any money either.
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