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    • Homer did say not to contact DR+.   If that's all the paperwork you have, sit tight and see if a letter before claim/action turns up. If you get one - and you may not, come back here and we'll help you to write back.    Or if you get more threatograms, let us know and we'll let you know if you need to take any action. In the meantime don't write to anyone and keep any correspondence for now.    HB
    • Hi DX   That is the only info letter I have we can't locate the first letter or original parking fine notification My wife said there wasn't  anything on the car windscreen. Do I ask the DC for the original notification ?   what shall I do just wait until they pursue through court ?   apologies for lack of info  Cancookwill
    • Hello, I've been following this thread and have some experience to share... Stand by for lots of words.   About 6 weeks ago, the engine seized on my car - 10 days before planning to use it for our 2 week trip around the UK!  I searched the internet for companies who could replace/rebuild the engine and get it back to me in time... One company that came up was 169 UK. I called the number and explained my predicament and the chap on the phone (who called himself Lee - I'm not convinced this was his real name) promised that if the vehicle got to him the next day or so, he'd have it done in time for our holiday!. He gave all kinds of reassurances about the types of vehicles they work on, from Porsches etc, even people from Spain taking their cars to him.. All work came through 3rd party websites (how i'd found them too) so you generally wont find reviews.    I was weary going into this, but you got to put your faith somewhere, right? so off it went on a trailer to Essex. NOW... I'd already asked where it would be going and I also tracked it by leaving a mobile phone hidden in the car. Interestingly, the place i was told i'd be collecting it from was not the same place the recovery guy (called Patrick?) told me he was delivering it to..    Anyway, they get the car and straight away tell me that the sump is full of diesel and that my ECU is faulty and its locked open one bank of injectors - causing the failure. All of this is feasible, but it meant that the car would not be ready in time for my holiday  He also tells me the DPF's (i'm sure it only has one, but he referred to there being more) were also completely blocked solid and needed to be dealt with (in this case, drilled and mapped out - which is also illegal) All of these little extras have now taken the cost from £3500 to nearly £5000  - as he was " putting together a special package for me" I tell him ok, i'm now away for 2 weeks so you have a little more time, i'll collect it when i get back.  I call him on the Friday before we travel home, asking how its going... he says "well, we aven't done it.. you said you were gonna be away for 2 weeks" apparently he marked to dairy wrong. So i call him again on the Monday following, I say I want to collect it that Thursday... not unreasonable. He then starts with the excuses that he has loads of guys off sick at the moment etc.. BUT, The car IS in the workshop and the boys ARE getting on with it. I say, OK.. but keep me updated daily as i need to make arrangements to come and get it. Tuesday passes without a word, so Wednesday morning i txt him asking for an update. He called me back around and hour later to tell me that the ECU they sourced for me is also faulty (they tested it before fitting it as they're nice like that) and it has water damage so he has to get another one, but that isn't going to get to him until the following Tuesday - which brings us up to this week.   Everything up until this point has been feasible if not a little annoying, BUT here is where is gets good...  On Sunday i happened to be in Essex on other business so decided to swing by Basildon and see if i could find my car. Knowing where it had been dropped off before the tracking phone died, i had a good idea where to look. And i also had the address of the garage where i'd be picking it up from. Hoping to not find it too easily - after all, it was being worked on on the Monday; Imagine my surprise to find it in the exact location it had been dropped off 4 weeks previously!  I lifted the bonnet - nothing had been touched.  The amount of dust on the bodywork and distinct lack of any hand prints etc strongly indicated that nothing had been touched and it certainly hadn't been moved in all that time. He may well have taken the ECU out to test but put it back, that's easy to do - but there is now way to tell from there that the DPF is blocked without removing it, or having full access to the ECU - which is faulty, remember?  It had all been LIES.  Now i am annoyed, but informed and he doesn't know that i know he's been lying to me.  I spent the next couple of days talking to various people i know and arranged my own recovery to get the car back - even if that meant effectively stealing it back. Long story short, i had it collected and got it back to me last night.  The guy who collected it went to the garage i'd been told i'd be collecting it from - Unit 28 Noble Square( Essex car and Commercial) and asked for Lee... Low and behold no-one by that name works there and the car (and others parked in the same place) were nothing to do with them! but then one guy did say "oh hang on, i think i know who you mean, let me give him a call"... 10 minutes later, 'Lee' showed up.  My man then had to endure conversation with this charlatan, but did glean some information that might be of interest.  "LEE" doesn't directly do any of this work... he takes on jobs, maybe up to 30 at a time and then farms them out to local garages. This explains why nothing had been done and why so many others get stuck in this net.   I was surprised that he was calm and didn't get the hump about me taking the car back, i still don't really understand what the scam is, but there definitely is one.  I think i've been very lucky that no money has been paid, i owe him nothing and i got out of there.  The amount of mental anguish and anxiety this has caused me has been extreme.  Now i'm back to square one, still with a broken car. But i'm only £500 out of pocket (for the recovery each way) and not £5k that it was supposedly going to cost... at some point, who knows when!     
    • Good luck from me as well Dixon, fingers crossed.    HB
    • Last time, the Judge provided me with, I would say, the most amount of time to speak. She started with HMRC, and they moved on to me. Essentially, since HMRC last responded to me (the original document I scribbled notes on), I feel it's right I should go first and just comment on each of their responses.   I'll leave sending that link to them, just in case HMRC then find something against it. I'll just bring it up, and mention the above quotes.
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Hi,

I live on a main road in a property with a large garden. I received a Highways Act 1980 Section 154 notice from Lancashire County Council Highways Department dated 17th June which says trees overhanging the footway located on my property are interfering with the free passage of pedestrians (see attached LCC-Highways-17-06-22.pdf). It wants me to arrange the vegetation to be cut back within 14 days of the date of the letter and says it should be a minimum of 2.1m above the footway and 5.5m above the highway.

There are two pictures included which do show overhanging vegetation from my property. I don't feel these offer much in the way of 'evidence'. There are no dates - one is clearly earlier than the other due to the lack of leaves and neither has anything to show what level the offending vegetation is at.

The property is in a conservation area so permission is needed for any tree pruning, but I didn't know until I spoke to the local council that since this is effectively a legal notice served via an act of Parliament - I don't require permission. I've measured and my wall on the left of the pictures is 2.1m high. I keep the vegetation cut back level with the wall, therefore this doesn't actually breach the minimum stipulated? I've since taken images showing the height of the wall with a tape measure and cut back a bit extra plus some of the higher tree branches now I know I'm allowed to. As I believe that otherwise, Lancashire County Council could carry out the work and bill me for it.

I've researched the legislation and it seems to be designed to protect the public against danger, obstruction etc. for example if vegetation on a junction was preventing other road users from being seen, was forcing pedestrians into the road, they could hit their head on it etc. I'd like to know are Lancashire County Council abusing their statutory powers in this instance? seems very gung-ho? I've read that other councils go down the informal route before serving a Section 154 notice?

I also spoke to a couple of people locally, they believe I may have received this as there is a bus stop against my wall and bus drivers have not been stopping to let passengers off as they can't see it (first I've heard of this). I've looked at the bus stop and the sign appears to be in poor condition/vandalised. The side seen from driving up the road is black and coming off in one corner, it looks to have been hit from the opposite side (which is pretty much blank) and is tilted at an angle, see attached Bus-Stop-Pictures-Jun-22.pdf.

Finally, I had a very similar Section 154 Notice in July 2019 (see attached LCC-Highways-09-07-18.pdf) but this time for the back street. I made a phone call to the name on the letter (no direct dial.. hmm) and sent an email:

 

- Letter referred to vegetation/hedge - but on the phone they said trees

- There were no pictures provided

- Didn't stipulate how much to cut back

- Gave me the name and address of the complainant (data breach)?

- The complaint was 'the trees are touching telephone wires and blocking sunlight for periods of the day'

 

The icing on the cake was when they sent the pictures - they were for trees belonging to another property 80m away. When I informed them of this they wanted my help to establish the owner of the vegetation.. the cheek! Due to life events at the time I dropped it but was obviously fuming!

Thanks in advance,
chaoticj

 

LCC-Highways-17-06-22.pdf Bus-Stop-Pictures-Jun-22.pdf LCC-Highways-09-07-19.pdf

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could it be that the vegetation is preventing the busses from stopping without hitting them as they swing in to the bus stop?

 

i had a similar 154 many years ago in an old property and the complaint originated from the bus company as they were using new higher vehicles but of course was made to the council as they are responsible for the highways inc the pavement upto your property boundary

 

might be worthy to investigate that route?

 

 

please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Presumably the tree shown in the photos is yours? 

 

Wouldn't it be better for you to cut back the tree(s) yourself to the height required rather than let LCC do the work and bill you for it? I bet LCC's bill will more than you could get it done for yourself.

 

Just guessing here, but it seems unlikely the bus drivers can't see the bus stop sign and don't know where to stop. More likely if they don't stop it's because the overhanging tree branches would hit the bus if they pulled in, especially if it's double decker buses on the route.

 

Sorry, but I can't see how what happened in 2019 is relevant.

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Hi @dx100uk I have seen plenty of buses stop @Ethel Street I think it's possible a double decker could come into slight contact with some of the higher branches, but until now I was under the impression I couldn't prune anything without permission from the local council.

I've actually pruned just above the height of the wall which is the minimum 2.1m for above the pavement and got on a ladder with my telescopic tree pruners and attempted to cut the minimum 5.5m above the road - that was the tricky part. But yes, I'd much rather do it myself and not get billed.

I'll get in touch with Lancashire County Council Highways to let them know I've complied and seek a bit of clarification on the exact issue. I was really interested to know whether they are abusing their statutory powers sending these 'form letter' notices, that's why I provided the previous 2019 example - as in fact it wasn't even my vegetation that had been complained about!

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please don't hit Quote...just type we know what we said earlier..

DCA's view debtors as suckers, marks and mugs

NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

and they

are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

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Thanks for update.

 

I can't think of a reason why LCC could be abusing their statutory powers. There seems to be no requirement in law or guidance for them to make an informal approach before issuing a formal s154 notice.

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