Small bush blocks driveway plan

Small bush blocks driveway plan

Tim and Maxine Stares by the bush

Tim and Maxine Stares by their son's damaged car

First published in Redbridge by

A FAMILY who have suffered repeated damage to their cars while they are parked outside their home are being denied permission to build a driveway due to a small bush, it is claimed.

The Stares, of Canfield Road, Woodford Bridge, say the three cars they own have been dented and scratched by vehicles struggling to navigate the narrow street, which has cars parked on both sides.

Last week 21-year-old Tommy's Polo was marked by the tyres of a large vehicle and will cost an estimated £300 to repair.

His parents Maxine and Tim have repeatedly applied for permission to build a driveway outside their home to solve the problem.

But they claim Redbridge Council will not allow the removal of a one-metre high hedge to enable vehicle access from the street because it would contravene guidelines on maintaining greenery in residential streets.

Mr Stares senior said: "If it was a 300-year-old Oak tree outside my house I could see their point, but we are talking about a little bush.

"We just can't believe that a small bush, that the council doesn't even look after, is stopping us from parking our cars off the road. It is just ridiculous.

"It's not like all the other houses are blue and I'm asking to paint ours pink and stick a dinosaur on the roof."

His wife, Maxine, 46, added: "The whole situation has made me really angry.

"We would move away, but we can't afford it. We are fed up of paying for damage which isn't our fault."

A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: "The residents in question applied for dropped kerb for in June 2010. Their application was turned down, as was a subsequent appeal.

"This was because installing a dropped kerb would have meant the removal of various shrubs, bushes and greenery in the road.

"The council has a policy to protect verges and ensure that greenery and shrubbery are not lost to development in order to make the area a greener place to live."

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5:34pm Tue 20 Nov 12

myopinioncounts says...

Can they afford the cost of having the kerb dropped? Many don't bother and drive over the pavement
Can they afford the cost of having the kerb dropped? Many don't bother and drive over the pavement myopinioncounts
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5:53pm Tue 20 Nov 12

stickmanny says...

SAVE THE BUSH
SAVE THE BUSH stickmanny
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Ian RS2000 says...

Drive into the bush
Drive into the bush Ian RS2000
  • Score: -1

7:38pm Tue 20 Nov 12

E17_er says...

I want to hear more about this dinosaur on the roof idea
I want to hear more about this dinosaur on the roof idea E17_er
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Domspur says...

The homeowner opposite me cut down an enormous silver birch tree and the council refused to take any action. Talk about consistency.
The homeowner opposite me cut down an enormous silver birch tree and the council refused to take any action. Talk about consistency. Domspur
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Tue 20 Nov 12

DNA heating says...

Hi

Redbridge council are very green, we never gave up for over 10months as all they kept saying green belt and we beat them. Which was rubbish as there is lots of green in Redbridge. They are not asking for them to get rid of hainault forest just a bush. Dig it up and plant it in the garden, message to this couple take lots of photos of green in the area note where it is locations the lot. Take pics of the road at its busiest,we done all of this and won. Good luck.
Hi Redbridge council are very green, we never gave up for over 10months as all they kept saying green belt and we beat them. Which was rubbish as there is lots of green in Redbridge. They are not asking for them to get rid of hainault forest just a bush. Dig it up and plant it in the garden, message to this couple take lots of photos of green in the area note where it is locations the lot. Take pics of the road at its busiest,we done all of this and won. Good luck. DNA heating
  • Score: -1

10:50pm Tue 20 Nov 12

LakeBreeze says...

I'm all for "maintaining greenery" but the council is clearly being ridiculous here. They barely make a fuss when ancient and protected trees are chopped down -- indeed, they're trying to rid Wantead's St Mary's Avenue of historic trees whose ill health is debatable at best. Yet they're being a pain in the neck about this one small bush?

Let this couple create their driveway so that they can expect to reasonably protect their property ie., their vehicles.
I'm all for "maintaining greenery" but the council is clearly being ridiculous here. They barely make a fuss when ancient and protected trees are chopped down -- indeed, they're trying to rid Wantead's St Mary's Avenue of historic trees whose ill health is debatable at best. Yet they're being a pain in the neck about this one small bush? Let this couple create their driveway so that they can expect to reasonably protect their property ie., their vehicles. LakeBreeze
  • Score: -1

7:33am Wed 21 Nov 12

stickmanny says...

no lets ban the paving of front gardens.

the bush looks great in the autumn. I'm heading down there to form a human shield
no lets ban the paving of front gardens. the bush looks great in the autumn. I'm heading down there to form a human shield stickmanny
  • Score: 1

8:43am Wed 21 Nov 12

Miss Magoo says...

I'd start billing Redbridge Council for the constant vehicle damage and supply them with photographic evidence of vehicles struggling to pass down the road.

Its a BUSH for crying out loud, as Mr Stares says, it's hardly a 300yr old oak tree.
I'd start billing Redbridge Council for the constant vehicle damage and supply them with photographic evidence of vehicles struggling to pass down the road. Its a BUSH for crying out loud, as Mr Stares says, it's hardly a 300yr old oak tree. Miss Magoo
  • Score: -1

9:27am Wed 21 Nov 12

T. Watts says...

One key point here that's being overlooked is the behaviour of the drivers who are causing the damage.

Are people so dishonest that they hit a car and drive away (oh yes, I forgot, they are - it's happened to me several times in my driving career!).

I propose they install a CCTV camera to catch the cowardly drivers causing the damage.
One key point here that's being overlooked is the behaviour of the drivers who are causing the damage. Are people so dishonest that they hit a car and drive away (oh yes, I forgot, they are - it's happened to me several times in my driving career!). I propose they install a CCTV camera to catch the cowardly drivers causing the damage. T. Watts
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Major Incident says...

The problem here is quite obvious - one household and 3 cars. No wonder there are parking problems.

The council need to move with the times and realise one car every other house was the estimate for the 1960's and their stance unfortunately has no place in today's residential areas. I'm sure there is still plenty of opportunity for maintaining a little bit of greenery without the need to turn the whole street into a public garden. The Stares should try quoting Article 1, Protocol 1 of the European Convention for Human Rights - The right to peaceful enjoyment of your property which includes your cars as well as your home.
The problem here is quite obvious - one household and 3 cars. No wonder there are parking problems. The council need to move with the times and realise one car every other house was the estimate for the 1960's and their stance unfortunately has no place in today's residential areas. I'm sure there is still plenty of opportunity for maintaining a little bit of greenery without the need to turn the whole street into a public garden. The Stares should try quoting Article 1, Protocol 1 of the European Convention for Human Rights - The right to peaceful enjoyment of your property which includes your cars as well as your home. Major Incident
  • Score: 1

12:57pm Wed 21 Nov 12

ClifftonX says...

Ms. Stares is giving us a fine display of her bush. Very nice.
Ms. Stares is giving us a fine display of her bush. Very nice. ClifftonX
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Wed 21 Nov 12

anothere17reader says...

There's little more grim looking than a street full of demolished garden walls and paved over gardens with cars parked in them.
There's little more grim looking than a street full of demolished garden walls and paved over gardens with cars parked in them. anothere17reader
  • Score: 1

9:21am Thu 22 Nov 12

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Everyone seems to want to extend their demise for nothing financially these days with much emotion.
Undoubtedly, many of us are longing with much emotion for your demise as a poster.

I totally agree with anothere17reader. There are many streets ruined visually by the sight of the demesnes of houses being used as parking lots. This practice also has a damaging effect on the water table by preventing water from seeping into the ground.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Everyone seems to want to extend their demise for nothing financially these days with much emotion.[/p][/quote]Undoubtedly, many of us are longing with much emotion for your demise as a poster. I totally agree with anothere17reader. There are many streets ruined visually by the sight of the demesnes of houses being used as parking lots. This practice also has a damaging effect on the water table by preventing water from seeping into the ground. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Spacial_Doughnut says...

Life finds a way....
Life finds a way.... Spacial_Doughnut
  • Score: 0

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