‘Kerb bother is leaving me rather flat’

Dean Morrison with the undropped kerb at Warranty House, Wigginton
Dean Morrison with the undropped kerb at Warranty House, Wigginton

A homeowner from Wigginton is unable to use his two allocated car parking spaces after the developer failed to install a drop kerb as promised.

Dean Morrison, 55, moved into the first-floor flat in Warranty House on Fieldway almost a year ago, but the kerb remains untouched.

Carpet fitter Dean said: “The estate agent said the drop has been paid for and it would take six to eight weeks.”

Daughter Jessica cannot drive her car up the kerb so has to park on the street, causing bad feeling with neighbours.

Dean said: “Her car’s been hit twice since we moved here.”

The ground-floor flat is owned by Dacorum Borough Council which is acting as a housing association. It confirmed that it’s in negotiations with a first-time buyer who wants to purchase the flat through a shared ownership scheme.

Housing development manager at Dacorum Borough Council Jack Burnham said the council was working on getting the problem sorted as quickly as possible.

He said: “The dropped kerb was due to be built by the developer of the new homes. Dacorum acquired the property from the developer after it had been completed and has inherited this problem.

An application has been made to Herts County Council – which deals with highways – for the kerb to be dropped, and Dacorum Borough Council will seek to recoup the costs from the developer.