LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
I get very angry at people digging up their front lawn to park a car on it,there's 3 been done this year. No wonder the wildlife are suffering, people have a garden so they can grow things to eat or just for show. Newly built houses don't have a lot of garden so they should be grateful for what they haveimage


  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Doesn't every garden that is tarmaced over add to the problem of run off that can lead to flooding downstream?  I think that the the present Council tax system should be revised to reflect not simply the financial value of the property but also the environmental impact with the tax reflecting mainly issues such as energy saving factors but also include charging more for properties that generate run off.

  • Once you start raising the council tax for environmental impact, you are on a slippery slope.

    You then need to take into consideration the amount of rubbish people produce - particularly non recyclable.   The number of dogs perhaps.......we all have to pay for the Dog Loo's which are provided, and emptied, at a cost.  Those who generally litter their gardens and the surrounding roadsides....they all live somewhere but they don't pay extra tax under the present regime for the cost of clearing up and disposing.  Where do you draw the line ?

    I agree it is detrimental ( to all of us really ) when gardens are hard landscaped to provide the householder with parking areas but would anyone complain when huge swathes are used for supermarket parking ?

    If the object is to be environmentally friendly, then back gardens ( often covered with slabs, decking or similar ) would also need to come into the equation.image


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,784

    I prefer to garden with wildlife in mind but I accept I can't inflict my ways onto my friends, family and neighboursimage

    I like to park on my own property and possibly it lowers my premiums. The trouble with cars parking on the road is it can obstruct large vehicles including the emergency services and the possible dangers to children who may not be seen.


  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    It's not just for cars, people just don't want to look after them and I don't mean old people, young people just can't be bothered even when they know what it's like when they bought the houseimage
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,784

    Yes, that's true Loganimage

    I think people like the idea of the space but not the maintenance. I don't see my garden-meddling as work luckilyimage 

  • It's irritating, annoying and makes you want to say rude things but there isn't a law (yet ) against people being peopleimage

    People not being bothered applies to many walks of life - not just front gardens.  Unless you can come up with a "bothered" gene to inject into people, I think you are on a losing wicket Logan.  Sad but true.  Doesn't stop us having a moan tho and you never know, maybe reading this thread will stop one person from doing the dirtyimage

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Thanks for all the repliesimage
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,851

    Paving laid these days is supposed to be permeable so runoff will be reduced, although not altogether eliminated.  I agree with Phillipa that it would be a slippery slope if there were add-ons to Council Tax for x, y or z.  How about extra for those with too many kids?  They create extra rubbish, extra strain on local resources, extra pollution getting them to school.....

    The recently suggested change to the law to prevent vehicles being parked partly on pavements will only make the problems with parking, and therefore the need to park on house frontages worse.  I'm not saying parking on pavements can't cause problems, but in the area I live, many footpaths are 8' and more wide.  A car using 3' of that doesn't obstruct pedestrian progress and does leave more road accessible to moving traffic.

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