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Hi, my name is Kay. Looking for advice on a dropped kerb.

KLM90 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
I'm hoping someone who sees this may be able to help, as Google knows nothing! 😁
I have long term health issues and mobility issues. I've had an OT assessment and one of the outcomes required is to drop the kerb in front of our house so I can park nearer to the door.
The front of the house is laid to gravel, and the council planning department have approved the dropped kerb in principal in writing (with a view to applying for full planning permission later).
My OT is saying that I cannot apply for a DFG to cover the cost of having the kerb dropped, as it's "between you and highways". (How that explains anything is anyone's guess!)
The cost of a dropped kerb is anywhere between £1K and £2K - a figure we simply can't afford - especially now.
Does anyone know of any other grants we can apply for that would cover this cost?
NB: We rent our house from an association and they won't help.
TIA 😊 


  • Hannah_Scope
    Hannah_Scope Posts: 5,954 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @KLM90

    Welcome to the community. Are you keeping well?

    Just to let you know, I've popped your post into our Housing and Independant Living section. Hopefully someone will have some advice or an answer that'll help :) 
    Hannah - She / Her

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  • Geoark
    Geoark Community member Posts: 1,455 Disability Gamechanger
    The final decision regarding dropped kerbs would be with highways. Normally if approval is given it will either be highways or the council who will pay the bill.

    The estate I live on we have a lot of elderly residents, and after mapping the footfall around the estate we identified 3 or 4 areas where dropped curbs would have been advantageous and approached the council to see how we would go about doing it, and were told it was a non starter, even though we were happy to pay for the work to be done. So having the support of the council is a good start.

    As I understand the process it will go to committee for a decision, if approved they then need to go through planning to get permission from highways.

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