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Whole of verge been churned up and now mud

Reported in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 10:52, Tue 12 November 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 3 minutes later. ref: 1842531.

Parents from St peters school on the corner are constantly parking on the verges and churning them up. The one outside my house is now just a muddy mess. Other verges may need attention as well. Could they be tarmac'd over to prevent further problems?

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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 10:55, Tue 12 November 2019

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor Service with regard to your request for the verge to be tarmacked in the vicinity of your property. Verge parking, and damage to verges, is a perennial problem throughout many areas of the county and especially during the winter months when the verges do not have an opportunity to dry out. It is not actually an offence to park on a verge unless it causes an obstruction or contravenes any parking restrictions (i.e. yellow lines). In the past, certain areas within Kettering have had the verges hardened up to provide parking areas. These works were usually undertaken as part of larger maintenance schemes with the additional cost of this work being funded by Kettering Borough Council. Unfortunately, with the current pressure on Local Government resources, money is no longer available for hardening up of verge areas and most footway maintenance is now confined to localised minor repairs and is generally just to keep the footway up to required safety stands rather than any full reconstruction. If rutting damage to verges becomes a safety issue then this will be picked up on our safety inspections of the area and will then be attended to as necessary with either stone of topsoil. I’m sorry I cannot provide a more positive response but hope that this explains the situation.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 15:49, Fri 15 November 2019

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 15:49, Fri 15 November 2019

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