A taxi driver has been left fuming after being hit with a £600 fine - for parking on his own driveway.

David Gordon was given the fine after a council spy-car photographed his burgundy taxi parked on the drive outside his home, because he had driven up a kerb to get to it.

The 46-year-old father-of-three was punished for driving over the pavement because his application to install a dropped kerb outside his home - which also has double-yellow lines - was rejected.

Mr Gordon, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, said: "It's absolutely ridiculous.  My street is quite narrow and there are lines on my side of the road, so when I get in from work at 5am, the only place for me to park is on my driveway.

"I installed the driveway about six years ago and never had any problems before. But after I applied for a dropped kerb and the council said no, the spy-car has been out in the area. That's what got me, and it's sickening. They're being so heavy-handed, it's ridiculous.

"I had to pay the fine but I'm effectively being punished for doing a dutiful thing and taking my car off the road so others without a drive can park there.

"You can't win with this council. It just seems like it is on a mission for revenue."

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has waged war on locals driving over the pavement to park in their front gardens because of the perceived damage caused to kerbs.

Mr Gordon’s claim that he applied for a dropped kerb is disputed by council officials, who said he was the only person to have ended up in court over the matter despite 230 notices having been issued.

The council confirmed they cancelled his application process last month and David appeared before Southend and Rochester Magistrates' Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to a breach of highways laws.

Martin Terry, Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, said: "If residents want to cross a footpath to park in front of their home, they must have a proper dropped kerb installed and to go through the right process which is in place for a good reason.

"Installing a dropped kerb involves assessing safety, strengthening the sub-base of the whole pavement area that will be driven over and ensuring that gas and water pipes and cabling below ground are not damaged.

"Ignoring this results in broken kerbs and slabs which are both dangerous trip hazards to local people and cost the council significant amounts of public money to replace.

"In this world of dwindling resources, we cannot and will not allow this to happen, so where we can gather evidence and have a good case we will take action."

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