A dropped kerb, also known as a crossover, lowered kerb or vehicular access, is an alteration to the footway that allows vehicles to cross the pavement from the road to the driveway. Drop kerbs are an increasingly popular sight in residential areas, but can also be found outside of businesses for vehicle access.
It involves lowering the kerb and laying new foundations to the paving that enable a vehicle to be driven onto the front area of a property. When lowering or dropping the kerb outside of a property and laying new foundations, it must meet council requirements and be carried out by an approved contractor.
Hickford Construction is an approved drop kerb contractor for South Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. If you're interested in this service, contact us today.
Without constructing a drop kerb that has been approved and constructed by the council, you are breaking the law and may be liable for enforcement or prosecution.
You cannot park your vehicle where the kerb is lowered. You can be issued with a PCN for parking across your own dropped kerb. This is because a drop kerb provides easy access for wheelchair users, powered mobility vehicles, pushchairs and the visually impaired, as well as vehicular access to a property.
If you park a vehicle fully or partially across a dropped kerb, this is classed as an obstruction and the local council or police can enforce a contravention.
Before being allowed to have a drop kerb construction work permitted for your property, you must meet the following criteria. However, some of these conditions may be relaxed if a resident of the property is a holder of a valid Blue Badge.
For construction of a drop kerb to be permitted, you must meet the following conditions:
With more than 25 years experience in the construction industry, Hickford Construction Ltd have a qualified and punctual team of tradespeople. Whether we're working on an extension for your home, laying a new block driveway, installing new fencing, or carrying out a groundworks and excavation project, or dropping a kerb, we guarantee that we'll meet your expectations.
If you are interested in finding out more about our lowered kerb services for homes across Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, including Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Buckingham and Towcester - please get in touch and call our team on 01908 567 716 for a free no obligation quote. Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly