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Parking on Grass Verges

Reported in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 08:59, Thursday 20 February 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 1 minute later. ref: 2009982.

The craters are deep, the grass verges along this road have been damaged by vehicles

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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 09:01, Thursday 20 February 2020

  • Provided written response to customer with advice relating to parking matters and verge damage.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:39, Monday 24 February 2020

  • I refer to your recent contact with the County Councils customer service centre, concerning your report relating to verge damage at the above location. This is a common problem at this time of year where the verges soften and become prone to rutting. It is unfortunate but Northamptonshire Highways do not have the financial resources to continually reinstate grass verges on the basis that they may look unsightly and as such we are unable to consider remedial works such as bollards, hard-standing or other preventative measures and will only intervene in exceptional circumstances, where the problem has become a safety concern to either road users or pedestrians. If the verge becomes damaged to the point that it is considered to be a safety concern then this can be reinstated through our maintenance programme. The issue with this is that it will soon become damaged again if vehicles continue to overrun the verge. It is not an offence in law to park a motor vehicle, other than a heavy goods vehicle, on a grass verge unless it causes an obstruction or a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) / byelaw is in force prohibiting it. Requests for posts, bollards or signs to be erected to protect the verge in order to stop parking will not be considered except on safety grounds to persons using the highway or to self-enforce an existing TRO. Although there is no blanket prohibition of parking on verges, a particular incident of verge parking may be considered dangerous or obstructive and therefore constitute a criminal offence which would need to be investigated, and enforcement action taken by the Police. Where there is an issue with parking as with this scenario, it is difficult to solve the problem with engineering measures without either opposition from the local community or the displacement of vehicles to another location, and therefore we rely on motorists to park in a sensible and considerate manner. There are occasions when preventative parking measures would be of benefit, such as waiting restrictions which can be implemented to address a permanent instance of dangerous parking. When considering these requests however, it is necessary to keep in mind the displacement of vehicles and where these will be transferred. As with many highway related problems it’s about striking a balance that addresses the issues without creating new ones. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention, I trust you find the above response helpful.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:52, Monday 24 February 2020

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