Estate residents: We won't pay council tax until you fix our roads

Essex County Standard: Estate residents: We won't pay council tax until you fix our roads Estate residents: We won't pay council tax until you fix our roads

Residents are threatening to stop paying council tax because their estate has not been adopted – more than seven years after they moved in.

Homeowners in the Solus Estate, off Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, pay the full amount of council tax, even though their roads and footpaths are not maintained by the highways authority, Essex County Council.

There are more than 300 homes in the estate.

It means, according to residents’ figures, together they “overpay” by about £250,000 a year.

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6:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

If the roads and pathways haven't been adopted by the Council yet, then surely the residents should be taking their fight to the original developers, not the Council? Isn't in the developers responsibility to fix the problems?
If the roads and pathways haven't been adopted by the Council yet, then surely the residents should be taking their fight to the original developers, not the Council? Isn't in the developers responsibility to fix the problems? Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 5

6:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

7 years you lot are lucky at lakelands it took nearly 10 to get them to do anything then it was half and half ie one foot in and one out with the developers.
it is not in the ali ba ba's interests at c*unty, to take over the roads that quick. by the way there is a bye law, that can stuff you on the one about not paying the council charge.
if you lot get away with that, then it will be a first, i think bluff called and they will mend your f*****g roads at the expense of the rest of us.
7 years you lot are lucky at lakelands it took nearly 10 to get them to do anything then it was half and half ie one foot in and one out with the developers. it is not in the ali ba ba's interests at c*unty, to take over the roads that quick. by the way there is a bye law, that can stuff you on the one about not paying the council charge. if you lot get away with that, then it will be a first, i think bluff called and they will mend your f*****g roads at the expense of the rest of us. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: -4

8:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Are any roads maintained?? If so I assume you won't be using them.
Are any roads maintained?? If so I assume you won't be using them. Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 7

9:58am Thu 12 Jun 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

The problem is that this council pay over inflated rates to sub contractors whom don't carry out the work to a good standard ,, all contractors laugh about how much money they make from them and the moody work they carry out ,, .
The problem is that this council pay over inflated rates to sub contractors whom don't carry out the work to a good standard ,, all contractors laugh about how much money they make from them and the moody work they carry out ,, . Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 5

10:09am Thu 12 Jun 14

Scoot says...

Agree with you Ritchie. Question is how many residents drive out of the estate onto roads that are maintained by the Council or do they expect everyone else to cover their portion of those costs.
Agree with you Ritchie. Question is how many residents drive out of the estate onto roads that are maintained by the Council or do they expect everyone else to cover their portion of those costs. Scoot
  • Score: 7

4:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

romantic says...

Ritchie is correct. Look up Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980. It is down to the developers to get new roads adopted by the local authority, this does not happen automatically.

I am also puzzled how they reach the figure of £250,000 a year. That's over £800 per house. The % of council tax which goes towards highways is not that much.

When these people brought their houses, I am sure there would have been something (albeit in small print legalese) saying something along the lines of "This is a private road not yet adopted by ECC". People don't read small print, but maybe they should. People spend a day deciding which pair of shoes to buy, yet flick through the contracts for a house which they may be paying for for the next 25 years.

These people need to start by finding out what the developers have to say, because they are the ones who either have to maintain the roads or get them adopted by ECC.
Ritchie is correct. Look up Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980. It is down to the developers to get new roads adopted by the local authority, this does not happen automatically. I am also puzzled how they reach the figure of £250,000 a year. That's over £800 per house. The % of council tax which goes towards highways is not that much. When these people brought their houses, I am sure there would have been something (albeit in small print legalese) saying something along the lines of "This is a private road not yet adopted by ECC". People don't read small print, but maybe they should. People spend a day deciding which pair of shoes to buy, yet flick through the contracts for a house which they may be paying for for the next 25 years. These people need to start by finding out what the developers have to say, because they are the ones who either have to maintain the roads or get them adopted by ECC. romantic
  • Score: 4

5:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

thillewe says...

as I don't drive does that mean I don't have to pay council tax as that's what you are saying. if you don't pay council tax I hope the council stop rubbish collection, fire & service.
as I don't drive does that mean I don't have to pay council tax as that's what you are saying. if you don't pay council tax I hope the council stop rubbish collection, fire & service. thillewe
  • Score: 1

6:29pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

thillewe wrote:
as I don't drive does that mean I don't have to pay council tax as that's what you are saying. if you don't pay council tax I hope the council stop rubbish collection, fire & service.
Quite.

It's a bit like saying "I haven't seen my GP this year so I'm going to pay a bit less tax" or "I didn't have a house fire so I'm not going to pay the fire service section of my council tax".

Trying to hold ECC to ransom in this manner is a bit like urinating into the wind.
[quote][p][bold]thillewe[/bold] wrote: as I don't drive does that mean I don't have to pay council tax as that's what you are saying. if you don't pay council tax I hope the council stop rubbish collection, fire & service.[/p][/quote]Quite. It's a bit like saying "I haven't seen my GP this year so I'm going to pay a bit less tax" or "I didn't have a house fire so I'm not going to pay the fire service section of my council tax". Trying to hold ECC to ransom in this manner is a bit like urinating into the wind. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 0

9:00am Fri 13 Jun 14

romantic says...

thillewe wrote:
as I don't drive does that mean I don't have to pay council tax as that's what you are saying. if you don't pay council tax I hope the council stop rubbish collection, fire & service.
I do drive, but only a little bit. I put out less rubbish than my neighbours and don't have school-age kids any more, so maybe I should withhold those portions.

Nobody likes paying tax, but it all goes into the pot and pays for the services that we might not use now, might never use in our lifetime. But somebody will.

I fully agree with somebody above who said about council contractors being a rip-off. Yes, they are. We certainly need councils to be more transparent about how our taxes get spent. Every time £2,000 gets paid to a contractor to do a job that should cost £200, that is money not available for something else. We should be angry about that, but holding back council tax will only end up with the bailiffs knocking.
[quote][p][bold]thillewe[/bold] wrote: as I don't drive does that mean I don't have to pay council tax as that's what you are saying. if you don't pay council tax I hope the council stop rubbish collection, fire & service.[/p][/quote]I do drive, but only a little bit. I put out less rubbish than my neighbours and don't have school-age kids any more, so maybe I should withhold those portions. Nobody likes paying tax, but it all goes into the pot and pays for the services that we might not use now, might never use in our lifetime. But somebody will. I fully agree with somebody above who said about council contractors being a rip-off. Yes, they are. We certainly need councils to be more transparent about how our taxes get spent. Every time £2,000 gets paid to a contractor to do a job that should cost £200, that is money not available for something else. We should be angry about that, but holding back council tax will only end up with the bailiffs knocking. romantic
  • Score: 1

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