Warning against illegal dropped kerbs in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 February 2016

Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

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Hertfordshire County Council has issued a warning to householders against illegal dropped kerb installations.

The council wants to remind householders that only they can create a vehicle crossover outside homes, following reports of illegal dropped kerbs being installed.

This reminder comes after a Watford resident paid out more than £,1000 to an individual claiming to work for the county council’s highways department to install a dropped kerb.

By law, only the highways authority and its appointed contractors can carry out this work and planning permission may be required. It is illegal to damage the public highway and if you do so, you will become liable for all repair costs.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We want to remind residents that only the county council can create drop kerbs and build vehicle crossovers across the pavement or verge.

“People should be on their guard from anyone calling at their door and claiming to work for the county council or one of our contractors.

“Our officers would never call at your home to offer you a dropped kerb or carry out unplanned private works.

​“If you have an illegal crossover installed you may have to pay for the work to be redone or even reinstate the old kerb if it does not meet the required standards.”

For information about applying for a dropped kerb, visit www.hertsdirect.org/droppedkerbs

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