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    Dipping a curb....

    Hi guys,

    About to complete for my first home in the coming weeks. The house we are due to buy currently has a front garden but no driveway. Does anyone know the rough cost of dipping the curb outside the house? (we come under the borough on barnet in london). Has anyone had any experiences in doing this and is it only the council that are permitted to do the work?

    Thanks

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    about £500 and any builder with public liability insurance of around £5Million can do it. Need to get the council to agree to it too (usually via planning permission).
    Edited by: "csiman" 31st Jul 2010

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    btw, its 'droppping' a 'kerb'

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    I looked into extending mine, council wants £1200 total.

    that was my line of work before i retired. nowadays it is a different ball game although it is just dropping a kerb but a lot of complications involved you have all the utilities under ground to watch out for gas water etc. there is alot of paper work attached to lowering a kerb hence the price ?where i come from you can get any decent contractor to do the work but they will be checked out first by the local council. price wise council will charge around £1000 more so these guys arrive in threes and fours. better getting a decent local guy who has all the certificates and your price would drop to around half of what you were quoted. or buy the materials yourself and get a labour only job done as you know it is all down to hard erand cash and the councils cant get enough out of you plus they will probaly have to come back and repair it. i hope you do get it all sorted out.

    It depends how much work is involved, we were quoted £360 from the council to drop ours. Best to ring them and get them to come and do you an estimate.

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    bighoss2

    that was my line of work before i retired. nowadays it is a different … that was my line of work before i retired. nowadays it is a different ball game although it is just dropping a kerb but a lot of complications involved you have all the utilities under ground to watch out for gas water etc. there is alot of paper work attached to lowering a kerb hence the price ?where i come from you can get any decent contractor to do the work but they will be checked out first by the local council. price wise council will charge around £1000 more so these guys arrive in threes and fours. better getting a decent local guy who has all the certificates and your price would drop to around half of what you were quoted. or buy the materials yourself and get a labour only job done as you know it is all down to hard erand cash and the councils cant get enough out of you plus they will probaly have to come back and repair it. i hope you do get it all sorted out.


    wtf!

    I suggest you check out council prices - about £400-£800 for a new construction

    e.g.

    http://www.tameside.gov.uk/kerbdropping#cost

    walthamforest.gov.uk/cro…htm



    Edited by: "csiman" 31st Jul 2010

    When I bought my house the kerb outside was already dropped, but I did have to pay the council about £90 to paint a white line in front of it to dissuade people from parking there

    We had a curb lowered and the pavement resurfaced free of charge by the council when we changed our front garden and erected a wall. they said that we were not allowed to alter anything from the point of the concrete edging at the edge of the driveway. We were also told that if these were damaged when we installed block paving, they were to be replaced, but the council would need to come out and either install them, or inspect it if we did it ourselves! Definitely worth a call to your local council.

    I paid about £400 for mine.
    Each council is different, best to call yours for their price.

    My neighbour has just built a small wooden ramp thing, to drive up. Doesn't stick out into the road at all, but saves forking out.

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    TUSSFC

    My neighbour has just built a small wooden ramp thing, to drive up. … My neighbour has just built a small wooden ramp thing, to drive up. Doesn't stick out into the road at all, but saves forking out.


    I'm not sure but would have thought this was illegal if you drive across the pavement on a regular basis

    plus other cars can quite legally park outside the drive then as the kerb isnt dropped.

    Edited by: "csiman" 31st Jul 2010

    csiman

    I'm not sure but would have thought this was illegal if you drive across … I'm not sure but would have thought this was illegal if you drive across the pavement on a regular basisplus other cars can quite legally park outside the drive then as the kerb isnt dropped.



    Yeah, I think he kind of accepts he could be blocked in. However, we live in a cul-de-sac do that rarely happens. Likewise, the only pedestrians we get are the neighbours :-)

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    Thanks for all the replies guys. Will give the council a call but just wanted a heads up on what to expect and peoples experiences.

    csiman

    wtf!I suggest you check out council prices - about £400-£800 for a new c … wtf!I suggest you check out council prices - about £400-£800 for a new constructione.g.http://www.tameside.gov.uk/kerbdropping#costhttp://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/crossover.htm



    North Tyneside charge £1200 and it has to be done by them (or this was the cas 2 or 3 years ago)

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