“No payment was asked for, none was offered and none was given."
According to the contractor who did the work:-
“At the end of a session of resurfacing works in Hengate we were left with the remnants of blacktop material. We had made a prior arrangement with a farmer to deposit the material with him. On the day, however, we were approached by a resident who asked if we could lay the blacktop down nearby Seven Corners Lane, a rough, un-adopted road on which she lives. We agreed to do so since it seemed to be an expedient and environmentally friendly way of dealing with the excess material. The laying of blacktop down Seven Corners Lane was carried out purely out of goodwill and without any money changing hands.”
All of which makes perfect sense to me - where are the double standards?