Ray resents paying more for council garage

PUBLISHED: 10:15 04 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010

WHY is East Devon District Council increasing rents on its garages in Honiton? That's a question garage user Ray Griffin, of Dowell Street, wants to know.

WHY is East Devon District Council increasing rents on its garages in Honiton?That's a question garage user Ray Griffin, of Dowell Street, wants to know.He describes the garage he rents in George Street as "in a dilapidated condition" and says, in eight years, the only work carried out on the garage by the council involved repainting its door."I will be paying £487.20, including VAT, per annum for this garage when a long-stay parking permit costs just £139," he said."How can the council justify this increase? It is out of order."How come they put up the charges every year when they used to leave it static?"It would be cheaper for me to buy a parking permit."Mr Griffin, who has no parking in Dowell Street, added: "The garage is dilapidated. It has an asbestos roof and gaps."A spokesman for East Devon District Council said: "We can confirm that we have given notice of an increase in fees to people who lease garages from EDDC. "The weekly fee for the block in George Street, Honiton, will go up from £8.03 to £8.83 - a 10 per cent increase, with effect from the new financial year."The council has previously stated that it is working towards charging commercial rates for its garages and this latest increase is part of that process. The new charge still compares very favourably with the cost of renting a garage privately."There are currently 14 Honiton people waiting for a garage and, should a lessee decide not to renew, the garage could be quickly let out to someone else."The spokesman added: "So far as maintenance of the garages is concerned, they are subject to a routine maintenance regime and so doors will be repainted at regular intervals. If there are any problems with the roof or structure, these should be reported and we can take action as necessary.


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