Want to walk home? That’ll be £16. Council introduces 'pedestrian permit' for residents wanting to walk through car park to their homes
A council has introduced a ‘pedestrian permit’ for residents wanting to walk through a council-owned car park to get to their homes.
Conservative-run Canterbury council sent letters to 14 households in Whitstable detailing the scheme, which also introduced a £122-a-year permit to allow vehicle access to the rear of their houses, and a demand that they take out public liability insurance of £2 million in case someone has an accident.
The letter included a 13-clause licence, which residents had to sign to say they accepted the 'terms and conditions'. None of the residents did so, and all have since complained to the council.
Canterbury council bought the land now known as Bisson's car park, which backs on to the 14 homes, through compulsory purchase in 1995.
The Daily Mail reported that the letter sent to residents states: "To continue using the council’s land for gaining vehicle access to the rear of your property, I am required to offer you an annual access licence of £122 for a vehicle and £16 for a pedestrian licence, renewable on April 1."
Local Andy Finch told the paper that said he couldn't believe the letter - which effectively forces him and his neighbours to pay an annual fee just for using their back door.
He said: ‘I thought it was a genuine April Fools’ joke - it is an insult to everyone else who already pays their council tax.’
A spokesman for the council hastily apologised as soon as the complaints started flooding in and said it was ‘reviewing the situation'.
He said: ‘We are sorry residents in Cromwell Road are unhappy.
‘Our intention was to regularise existing access to the rear of their properties by granting access licences across the residents’ car park.
‘However, concerns have been expressed about the proposal so we are going to pause and take time to discuss the situation with them to allow us to find a way forward that meets the needs of all parties.
‘We will be contacting the affected residents in the near future.’
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' involving 300,000 pieces of rubbish must be averted, warn scientists
Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK, where houses cost 11 times local salaries
Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Oil slicks in South China Sea ‘not from missing jet’, officials say
Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete repeatedly throws up as court hears 'graphic details' of Reeva Steenkamp's autopsy
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK, where houses cost 11 times local salaries
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a leading digital agency bu...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Charter Selection: Global leader in its respective ...
£130 - £161 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Do you have a qualificatio...
£6720 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Nottingham: The school is much la...