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Car parking out side my house on path stopping people using path way

Reported in the Potholes / Highway Condition category anonymously at 18:35, Fri 11 October 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 5 minutes later. ref: 1801588.

Every day parking on path on my grass people have to go on road

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 18:40, Fri 11 October 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding vehicles parking on the grass verges. Unfortunately Northamptonshire County Council no longer consider installing ‘No Parking’ type signs or such measures at wooden posts, bollards or barriers to prevent parking on grass verges to be a priority. Legally it is not an offence to park a motor vehicle, other than a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV), on a grass verge unless it causes an obstruction of the highway or there are parking restrictions in place or a byelaw is in force prohibiting it. However, we do appreciate that there are areas of Northampton, where parking is at a premium and people endeavour to maximise the available on-street and off-road parking spaces. Parking on a verge or footway would be a criminal offence if there is clear evidence of willful obstruction or causing a danger or obstruction to persons or property and where it is deemed not possible for drivers to safely manoeuvre, pedestrians to pass unhindered along the footway or that access to public or private property is impeded. This can then involve local police intervention through their Safer Communities Team by calling the non-emergency number 101 or by following the link on the Northamptonshire Police website. The Police may be able to identify the owner by the registration number of the vehicle(s). If any particular vehicle is proven to have no road tax (members of the public can check if a vehicle is taxed and has a valid MOT on the DVLA website, or the vehicle has not moved for some time and appears to have no owner, then this would also be an police enforcement issue and can be processed as an abandoned vehicle. To report an abandoned vehicle, please contact ELVIS (End of Life Vehicle Impound Scheme) on 08456 121 999, or email: We do understand the frustration to local residents caused by vehicles parking on the highway verges and preventing grass-cutting operations. Any concerns with damage to the grass areas that may be caused by vehicles, can be maintained by reseeding (or re-turf if particularly damaged). This currently can be requested to be done via Street Doctor and within the constraints of the Northamptonshire Highways financial budget.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 21:35, Tue 15 October 2019

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