Construction company fined for installing illegal dropped kerb

Release Date: 11 June 2018

A construction company was convicted and fined £4,700 in the magistrates’ court last week for unlawfully excavating a highway in East Sheen.

Richmond Council took action against, Finch Lockerbie Construction Ltd, following illegal works to install a dropped kerb or crossover on the highway outside a property on Richmond Park Road in East Sheen.

A dropped kerb is a lowered, sloped section of pavement that allows a vehicle to be driven across the pavement onto a hard standing on the front of the property.

Residents or developers wishing to install dropped kerbs must apply to their local authority before commencing works.

As part of the application process, the Council will consider the location of the proposed crossing, road safety, gas and water pipes, visibility, size of garden area, road sloping, street furniture (including street lights) and trees.

Finch Lockerbie Construction did not apply for permission and commenced work.

Last week was the second occasion on which the company did not attend court to answer the allegation of unlawful excavation of the highway. The magistrates heard the case in the company’s absence and were satisfied of its culpability.

The court imposed a fine of £1,000 (the maximum penalty that could be imposed) and awarded compensation of £1,953 for the cost of the works to reinstate the footway. Other charges were also awarded, including the prosecution costs and a victim surcharge. The company is required to pay the penalty within 14 days to avoid enforcement action.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality, said:

“If residents want to cross a footpath to park in front of their home, they must go through the right process.

"Installing a dropped kerb involves assessing safety, strengthening the sub-base of the whole pavement area that will be driven over and ensuring that gas and water pipes and cabling below ground are not damaged.

"Ignoring this results in broken kerbs and slabs which are both dangerous trip hazards to local people and cost the Council significant amounts of public money to replace.

“This construction company should have known better.”

Visit the dropped kerb page to apply online.

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Reference: P292/18

Updated: 28 June 2018