Front Gardens Are Being Turned Into Of Street Parking
Across the UK successful applications for the installation of dropped kerbs, which let cars easily drive over them, have increased by 49 per cent between 2013 and 2015.
The trend is thought to be down to a rise in residents facing new on-street parking restrictions which are designed to deter them from parking their motors on the roadside.
Parking policies vary between counties, North Yorkshire county council charges £15 for permits, while Islington council in London charges between £17 and £449 depending on vehicle type and some council’s don’t charge, like Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council.
Local authorities across the UK are generating millions of pounds in revenue from dropped kerb applications.
Estate agents say that off-street parking improves the desirability of a property and adds to its value and makes it more attractive to potential buyers.
Off street parking is needed to help clear roads to allow traffic to move freely. But there is a down side to all this off street parking and that is flooding.
The danger is that with no front gardens or greatly reduced front gardens is flooding. Tarmac and paving doesn’t allow water to soak into the ground the same as a garden.
Rather than allowing water to soak into the soil, like a traditional lawn, hard surfaces cause water to run-off and build up in valleys and roads.
“So whilst Councils are making a lot of money through drop kerb applications they need to think about the down side, flooding,” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.