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MSE News: Government to stop councils' 'backdoor parking taxes'

edited 3 August 2013 at 12:48PM in Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking
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edited 3 August 2013 at 12:48PM in Parking Tickets, Fines & Parking
"The Government says it will clamp down on councils introducing taxes on people's driveways and parking spaces..."
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Government to stop councils' 'backdoor parking taxes'

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  • Well guess what.

    I no longer go to the town centre to do any shopping. The final straw was a £25 fine for parking 5 minutes early before the free period kicked in.

    I am fed up with the difficulty in finding a parking space and driving down roads no wider than a pavement in order to spend my hard earned money in the local shops.

    I now either buy online which invariably is cheaper or travel to an out of town shopping centre.

    I am done with town centres due to the rip off parking charges, bad traffic and lack of free parking.
  • I haven't shopped in my local town centre for about seven years entirely because of this. Goodnes knoes how much money local councils have lost out on because of millions of lost shopping trips. Ironically, I'll bet it's more than they have ever made from parking fines.
  • UmkomaasUmkomaas Forumite
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    Room on my drive for a car. Free for first 2 hours, thereafter £100 reduced to £60 for early payment. Handy for town centre - just a 10 mile walk :rotfl:
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  • Kite2010Kite2010 Forumite
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    There is a piece of land near the local town which the owner has turned into "private parking for hire", however they haven't bothered trying to get a lower kerb put in, damaging it when cars drive on and off.

    Ex-clampers, hopefully they will get clamped and fined by the council for damaging the kerbs
  • usa1usa1 Forumite
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    How can council officialdom know if you are renting your drive out on your own PRIVATE land?

    Its none of their business who parks their car on private property, (unless blocking access others)

    I hate greedy money grabbing councils..
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  • StromaStroma Forumite
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    Wonder if the Inland Revenue will want their cut ?
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    Kite2010 wrote: »
    There is a piece of land near the local town which the owner has turned into "private parking for hire", however they haven't bothered trying to get a lower kerb put in, damaging it when cars drive on and off.

    Ex-clampers, hopefully they will get clamped and fined by the council for damaging the kerbs
    Be worth checking if council gave them planning permission to trade from that site.
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  • Kite2010Kite2010 Forumite
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    I've already sent an email to the main council to see if they know of the damage being caused to the kerbs. Most likely they will take it up with the local council to see if they have permission to operate on old unused land.
  • I was forced by my local council to stop renting out my driveway. I was told I would have to apply for planning permission for a change of use, which I wasn't interested in doing. We live near an airport and had quite a few regulars. We never had any complaints from neighbours and didn't cause any problems that we could think of. It would be great to be able to start up again one day. Fingers crossed, it gets sorted out :).
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  • kboss2010kboss2010 Forumite
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    My local council charges me £100 a year for the "privilege" of parking 3 streets away from my flat because I live in the city centre. Sometimes there are no spaces available. I understand the necessity of a parking permit system otherwise residents would not be able to park due to commuters but for such expensive permits it's clearly just a moneymaking scheme for the council.

    I also find it very irritating that large commercial vans such as local tradespeople, BT/Sky engineers and the like are allowed residential permits. These are NOT private vehicles for domestic use and they often take up the space of 2 cars.

    On my street alone there are at least 4 or 5 such vehicles and car owners often have to resort to parking illegally on pavements to get parked with a permit. One inconsiderate neighbour owns a huge camper van which is permanently parked in the same spot on the street and I'm convinced there are often people staying in it as it has a plastic children's step permanently placed underneath it.
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