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Hike in the cost of renting garages in Broxtowe leaves sour taste in mouth of drivers

19th March 2016 Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottingham Evening Post Tags: , , 0 Comments

Drivers who rent garages in Broxtowe have been left feeling annoyed by a hike in prices. The cost of a garage is going up by 40 percent a year.

Drivers have been left fuming after a price hike in their garage rents. Residents across the borough of Broxtowe had been paying up to £19 per month to hire out the spaces.

But following the new budget from Broxtowe Borough Council agreed earlier this month, they have now been told fees will go up by 40 percent from April 1 to £27.25, then up to £35 next year.

David Moore, 69, has rented his garage in Hanley Avenue, Bramcote, for almost 30 years. He houses his 35-year-old Ford Cortina there to keep it out of the rain, as he and his wife live in a first floor maisonnette and have nowhere else to look after it.

“We first heard about it two weeks ago and we thought there must have been a mistake,” he told the Post. “My wife, who has rented a garage for her Micra for 15 years, went into the council to check, but they said they had voted on it at a meeting and that was that. How it can go up from the £19.50 we were paying to over £27 is heartbreaking. We have been looking after these garages for years and the rise takes out completely any rise me and my wife had in our pensions.”

Attila Csorba also rents a garage from the council in Lawrence Avenue, Eastwood. He has paid rent for six years to house his classic red 1976 Mini, and is angry about the sudden hike.

“When I started renting the garage, after waiting on a list for four years, it cost me £11 a month,” said the 44-year-old IT manager of Eastwood. “It has gradually risen since then but this is a big jump.

“Now it is a case of pay it or give it up and I am disgusted. I had not accounted for this cost and it is not like my wages have been going up at the same rate.”

The borough council voted through the rise on March 2 after the leading Conservative Party laid out its proposals to full council. But the council’s portfolio holder for resources, Councillor Paul Simpson, said the pressure on the budget left them little choice.

“In these tough economic times, the council has to find significant savings to offset a 66 percent decrease in government grant since 2010-11,” he said. “To tackle this challenge, the council has already reduced its spending over the past few years by reducing spending on employees, sharing services, re-tendering contracts, re-designing services so they can be delivered online and raising money by becoming more commercially minded.

“Despite this, more difficult decisions have to be made.” Councillor Simpson also said the increase is being spread over two years “to minimise the impact on residents.”

But they are still not happy. Mr Csorba said: “I am looking for somewhere else that is cheaper, but if not, I don’t know what I am going to do.”

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