I got permission for a dropped kerb after a parking row with my neighbour but the council has blocked me in with a fence | The Sun

A DAD is in a standoff with council officials who gave permission for a dropped kerb but installed a fence outside his home instead.

Chris Jarvis said the fence, which he never asked for, means he won't be able to drive onto his property if he drops the kerb.

But the council insisted it is a safety precaution and said it will only remove it once Chris has sorted out the dropped kerb.

He had been warring with a neighbour for months over parking spaces before getting permission for it last month so he could park by his terraced house. 

And he insisted he has no idea why the fence was installed, and warned it will cause more neighbourhood aggro for him over parking. 

Chris, from Leeds, told The Sun: “People fight so hard to get things done by the council and they’ve done the wrong thing.


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“The fence is just cosmetic. The council said they put it there for safety but they haven’t said what is dangerous.

"They have wasted taxpayers' money. They could've just held off on the fence and waited for the dropped kerb to be installed."

He said he got the permission on grounds of disability, adding his eight-year-old daughter Joanna's autism means parking far from the house can be a safety risk for her because she does not always perceive danger when walking by the road.

The council's website said it will fund dropped kerbs for disabled residents but Chris said he just wants them to install it.

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Chris, who lives with a carer, added: “I’ve never asked for anything for free. It would be helpful if it was but I just want the dropped kerb so am happy to pay for it.

“This fence feels like a barrier to disabled people. I have the medical need for this fence for my daughter.

"We need to park close for her – she doesn't perceive danger like everyone else does.

"I've made the council fully aware of this but they have been passing the dropped kerb issue around departments like a hot potato.”

He has also had arguments with his opposite neighbour as a result of the parking tensions, and his car was crashed into when he left it on the road. 

The council said the fence was needed after a car accident damaged the hedges that were there.

But Chris fumed: "If it was that dangerous, why wasn't the fence put in when the crash happened in February. Why wait until when I want to put the dropped kerb in?"

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “Following a road traffic incident earlier this year, a boundary hedge in front of a property on Newlands Drive was damaged beyond repair.

“In light of this incident and after discussions with the tenant, the council has since carried out work to install a new fence to replace the hedge and keep the property safe.

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“We are aware that permission has been given to install a dropped kerb in front of the property and we always endeavour to work with our tenants to address any needs or concerns.

"Once this work is carried out, the fence can then be removed and reused at another property and we will discuss any additional boundary requirements with the tenant.”

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