Hello Alex, yes I rang and queried it, stating what I'd received, and seen posted, upon my return, and they told me that because they'd posted notice of intended closure in the local paper they'd fulfilled their obligation, and since I was not on holiday the day it was in the paper its my tough luck essentially. I don't buy the local paper, few do.
The notification on the road itself, which was some 300 metres from my house and attached to a lamp post (approx. 12" x 8") was dated 17th July and the letter through my door was dated 16th. I left home early on the 15th
They say they posted it on the 11th July but since I don't read the paper I only have their word for this. Re their policy I've asked them what their policy is for road closure and they simply say they've complied with it by posting notice in paper. Incidentally they've closed a nearby road since and gave more notice with large metal signs on pavement either end. My feeling is that they've realized they were late and are trying to "wriggle" out of it?
No, not yet, am trying to find out my rights first as the charges are increasing £25 per day for storage (my thoughts on why the council feel profiteering is ok, and why they've taken it so far making collection extremely ridiculous are not for printing!) and I don't think if I pay I'll get the money back, hence trying to find out my rights. Re the paper, since few people read it (sales v households show its a small minority) can they use this as "reasonable" notice if they know majority don't read it?
Just looked on-line at local press and the notice is dated 17th, I google-searched Heworth Village road closure notice. And no, don't buy the paper
What "ammunition" do I need, for example, should I write something on payment to get car back along the lines of "under protest", and should I get statements from neighbours who weren't away confirming how little notice etc?
Thank you, yes.
With pleasure. Thanks for your help