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Pickles urges renting driveways

Cabinet minister Eric Pickles has vowed to clamp down on a "back-door parking tax" to allow homeowners to cash in by turning their driveway into a car park.

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Pickles accuses councils of cashing in on parking rules

Eric Pickles said some town halls had threatened to fine households £20,000 if they ran their driveway as a car park without applying for "change of use" planning permission costing £385.

Councils should be welcoming common sense ways that help hard-working people park easier and cheaply and for families to make some spare cash.

Councils shouldn't be interfering in an honest activity that causes no harm to others, unless there are serious concerns.

Parking charges and fines are not a cash cow for town halls. This government is standing up against the town hall parking bullies and over-zealous parking enforcement.

– Eric Pickles

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