Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Lamp-post blocks newly-paved drive at Andover house

Kathleen Annals' home in Andover
Kathleen Annals has applied to the council to have the street light moved

A woman paid to have her driveway paved days after the council put a lamp-post directly at the end of it.

Kathleen Annals had already arranged for the drive to be put in so friends and family could park outside her detached house in Andover, Hampshire.

She said her contractor did the work despite the street light having been installed, saying he would apply for the lamp-post to be moved afterwards.

The county council said it was helping Mrs Annals with her application.

'Wrong way round'

The great-grandmother said: "Last year they issued parking space permits outside.

"I have no car since my husband died but I have friends and people come to visit and nowhere for them to park so I thought I should have a driveway put in.

"This lamp-post was put in by the council, I had a small wall there at first.

"The contractor for the driveway said that he was going to put in to the council to have a dropped kerb and he's going to apply for the lamp post to be moved as well.

"He thought he would do the drive first then put in for it to be moved - it's all the wrong way round and now everybody has come and photographed it."

'Recover the costs'

A spokeswoman for Hampshire County Council said the lamp-post was installed as part of a rolling programme in the area.

She said the charge for having a dropped kerb installed was normally between £600 and £1,200.

"We are grateful to the householder for acknowledging that her driveway was laid some time after the street light column was installed," the spokeswoman said.

"She has submitted a request this week for work to be carried out on the footway to enable vehicle access to and from the highway.

"Clearly, this will require the street light to be moved.

"We would normally seek to recover the costs associated with work to lower a kerb or moving a street light.

"However, each case is individually assessed and this is no exception.

"We will ensure that the works to provide a dropped kerb and to relocate the street light are co-ordinated to keep costs and any inconvenience to a minimum."

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