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Grass Verge outside number 12 being damaged by large vehicles

Reported in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 12:48, Friday 21 February 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 13 minutes later. ref: 2013017.

Main issue is outside number 12, however the issue is also on the bend around to Number 24.

Request for paving slabs/stones to be put down, or anything to stop the area being destroyed more. Grass verge has been completed destroyed by large vehicles including dust bin lorries.

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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 13:00, Friday 21 February 2020

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Councils Street Doctor service with regard to the condition of the verges in Archer Avenue, Braunston 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). The current highway law relating to parking on verges is complex and does not give local authorities much leverage to tackle these particular issues and this is a perennial problem throughout many areas of the county with many households owning multiple vehicles. This is especially an issue during the winter months when the verges do not have an opportunity to dry out. In the past we have attempted to discourage verge parking by the introduction of “Do not park on the verge signs” however these are purely advisory and have no legal significance. It was found that these signs proved generally ineffective in areas where it was local residents parking as they were only generally ignored by locals and no action could be taken against them. They are now only generally considered for use in the vicinity of school where there is good justification on safety grounds and where it is visitors to the area rather than the residents themselves parking on the verge. If damage to verges becomes a safety issue then this will be picked up on our routine inspections of the area and will then be attended too as necessary with either stone of topsoil. I’m sorry that I cannot provide a more positive response but hope that this explains the situation.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 09:40, Tuesday 24 March 2020

  • 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 09:40, Tuesday 24 March 2020

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