A group of residents in Dundee have hit out amid claims they are paying for the upkeep of streets they don’t live on.
People living on Cotton Road, William Street and Lambs Lane, have questioned why they are paying for the maintenance fees on other streets — claiming they are not getting the benefits of what they have been asked to pay for.
The public walkways and shrubberies are maintained by Abertay Housing Estate within the William Street estate, which is now a mix of privately owned homes, council and rented properties.
Now, off the back of their concerns, Councillor Jimmy Black has said the current situation is a “hassle” and has asked Dundee City Council to take over the maintenance.
He said: “I can understand the frustration of owner occupiers asked to maintain paths and shrubs in another street when they are already paying their council tax.
“It’s not Abertay Housing Association’s fault — it’s the legacy of the feudal system and the very best thing would be for the city council to take over the public areas and maintain them.”
The abolition of the 800-year-old feudal system came into force in 2004 and aimed to put an end to individuals having control over what could be done with land and property, even when it was owned by someone else.
Mr Black added: “I have asked for the city council to establish exactly who owns which paths and shrub beds, then we can work out what the transfer would cost and find a way of making it happen.
“The current arrangements make no sense and just cause hassle. We need to find a way of sorting this out.”
Arthur Lamb, 73, a resident on Cotton Road, said he and dozens of other residents in the estate have been against the maintenance bills for years.
“We’re paying for things on different street, even the maintenance of other people’s properties, and we as home owners are not getting any benefit out of it,” said Mr Lamb.
“The bills have been going up year on year.
“As private home owners, we feel we shouldn’t be paying for Abertay’s costs and would prefer to pay for the maintenance through our council tax.”
Ian Thomson, the chief executive of Abertay Housing Association, said: “We are happy to reach a resolution with residents and the council on this matter. A meeting will be organised.”