Anger over driveway parking fine

Householders are up in arms after being threatened with £1,000 fines for parking on their own driveways.

Letters have been sent to the residents of 11 houses in Pinfold Street, Eastrington, East Yorkshire, telling them it is illegal to park in their drives because the kerbs in front were not lowered.

The householders were informed that it is illegal under the Highways Act 1980 to drive a vehicle across a kerbed footpath or verge, as this causes damage.

Roy Poulter, a 64-year-old IT consultant, said he had lived in the street for 11 years and had never had a problem parking on his driveway before.

Mr Poulter said he agreed East Riding of Yorkshire Council was only abiding by the law but said they had not gone about the matter in the right way.

"What the council is saying I don't have a problem with. What I do have a problem with is the lack of consultation in the first place and the tone of the letter," he said.

"This council, in the past, has always been quite good in my eyes. I think someone has just been a bit over-zealous this time and it's a bit of a shame."

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