Bolton residents 'missing out on £20 million of untapped revenue' from charging people to park on their driveways
PRIVATE driveways lying idle in Bolton could hold £20 million of untapped rental income.
The phenomenon of using websites to rent out spaces near concert venues, or football stadiums, has grown rapidly — and by eight per cent in Bolton over the last year — with the parking economy now worth £1.3 billion nationwide, according to ParkatmyHouse.com In Bolton, the website estimates that 31,000 driveways could be used as private car parking spaces — usually on offer to visitors at £5 per day, or £100 per month.
Their son, Andrew, who alerted them to the opportunity, said: “I heard about the service from a colleague at work and used it myself when we were going to a concert and parked outside someone’s driveway.
“I thought it would be perfect for my parents, near the Reebok. They have had a fair few away fans during the football season.”
Supporters of Manchester City, Cardiff and Norwich have used the Dawsons’ driveway in the past, with Wanderers season ticket holder David even waling to the stadium with his customers.
Some councils have been accused of stifling the activity by forcing people to officially change the use of their driveway through a costly planning process.
But Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has now condemned this practice — arguing that entrepreneurial activity must be allowed to thrive.
Cllr David Chadwick, for Westhoughton South, said the trend is not markedly different to arrangments made when he watched Bolton as a child.
He added: “If both parties are happy with such an arrangement, then I can’t see a problem with it.
“I remember when I was a lad going to Burnden Park on Saturdays. You would pay a few pence to leave your car on the street, and it was an arrangement that everyone liked.
“What’s the big difference between the 1950s and today?”
ParkatmyHouse.com is also urging the government to extend its rent-a-room relief scheme to driveways.
This would mean people could receive up to £4,250 per year from renting out their driveway, without paying tax.
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