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I wish I'd had the nouse....

I simply wanted to to make the 'opening' of my drive a bit wider......


So I spoke to a man who could do these things and he said "no problem ....... I'll re-use the bricks from your existing wall to rebuild the shape you want and re-use the brick sets from your drive to give you the same parking space.... I don't see any difficulty in the job" (we've known this guy at least 20 years and his word IS his bond).

We then mentioned that the kerb outside our drive might have to be altered..... he basically said (rolling his eyes)..... speak to the 'council'

So after a phone call to said council we have received a letter....

£83 to 'survey' the proposed change.
if approved...

£115 'administration and inspection' fees

construction...
between £360 and £2,050. (money up-front please)

Isn't it nice to know that they have previously invested this reasonable amount of money in an Icelandic bank.......


I wish, in my life, I hadn't tried to do a job that might have moved mankind forward...... I should have just ripped-off everyone

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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Sometimes you wonder why you bother to try to do the right thing don't you

What is it with council's that they just seem to be able to rip us off!
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Vote with your feet and leave for a better place. if you can
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Just do it yourself. We went through the same malarky widening our own drive.. Council are an absolute waste of time and money.
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

It seems all councils/municipalities want is to get your hard earned money for doing nothing.
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

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So after a phone call to said council we have received a letter....

83 to 'survey' the proposed change.
if approved...

115 'administration and inspection' fees

construction...
between 360 and 2,050. (money up-front please)

Isn't it nice to know that they have previously invested this reasonable amount of money in an Icelandic bank.......


I
I'd snap it up before they change their minds and quote you 3- 10 million.
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

I guess your builder chap doesn't want to get involved with the council...but it doesn't have to be done by the council... just has to be upto highways spec....
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Tell them you have made a bank transfer for the full amount into their Icelandic account, please proceed with works.
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Tell them you have made a bank transfer for the full amount into their Icelandic account, please proceed with works.
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Kerb Dropping? Only used that local authority service once, back in the eighties, and they made a superb job of it, and it was very reasonably priced, at the time. I have to add, it wasn't HCC, as we lived elsewhere then. :
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Our neighbour had the kerb dropped recently for their new drive and it was a local builders firm who did the work for them, not the council.
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

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Vote with your feet and leave for a better place. if you can
No thanks I like it here

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Tell them you have made a bank transfer for the full amount into their Icelandic account, please proceed with works.
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Our neighbour had the kerb dropped recently for their new drive and it was a local builders firm who did the work for them, not the council.
That's my plan
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I had our kerb dropped,it cost 440. Only approved builders with the correct insurance are allowed to do the job. The council gave us their names and we got quotes in the normal way that were much cheaper than the council themselves(no surprises there then). As in your case ordinary builders weren't prepared to do it. It must be too risky for them.
 
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

I bought Iceland (the country, not the supermarket chain) last week for £500, so please stop making jokes about it!

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£500..... you were overcharged
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Tell them you have made a bank transfer for the full amount into their Icelandic account, please proceed with works.
Thats good

They are all robbin buggers! Just make sure you do it all by the book otherwise they will make you pay to put it back to how it was Good luck
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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

I had a colleague who had the work done without telling the council, came home from work and found he couldn't get in his drive as someone had put a new streetlamp slap bang in the middle of it.
He then had to pay to get it moved.
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Cool!


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Re: I wish I'd had the nouse....

Do it yourslef, argue about it later !
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