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Lorries still mounting the verges

Reported in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 22:11, Sunday 9 August 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2237695.

Lorries still smashing up verges lorry drivers moving bollards.

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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 22:11, Sunday 9 August 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding the specific parking issues you have concerns about with the Moulton Park Industrial Estate. Northamptonshire Highways unfortunately do not have the powers to take any direct action against vehicles parking on the public highway and the County Council would not consider installing a hard surface on roadside grass verges and no longer consider installing ‘No Parking’ type signs or such measures at wooden posts, bollards or barriers to prevent parking on verges to be a priority. Nevertheless, some verges may look aesthetically messy and unsightly, especially after the typical wet or wintery weather. Therefore if there is significantly damage to a roadside grass verge, this can also be reported on the Northamptonshire County Council’s online ‘Street Doctor’ system Street Doctor for consideration under our annual maintenance programme for re-seeding (or re-turf if particularly muddy/roiled) and within the constraints of the Northamptonshire Highways financial budget. If you feel that the safety of drivers and workers may be compromised by vehicles parking inappropriately, either half-on/half-off the public highway, across footways or dropped kerbs and/or at road junctions, then we normally would suggest that initially you may wish to inform the owners of the offending vehicles first and explain the concern that their parking is causing in this area. Any request for an overview of parking may incorporate the possibility of introducing parking restrictions i.e. double yellow lines or limited waiting times. Whilst it is understood that introducing parking restrictions through road traffic orders can alleviate parking problems, there will always be a few drivers who are not as considerate as the majority, regardless of whatever measures are taken to try and discourage this behaviour. Parking restrictions can be included in the local highway authority’s annual highways review, but again these will also tend to lead to those who abide by them being displaced into adjacent roads or that some people will simply ignore the restrictions. This is something often witnessed, even in areas where there is a good chance of enforcement officers passing by. It must also be pointed out that parking restrictions in industrial areas tend to be unpopular, as visitors would also be restricted in parking at any time, and of course this would affect those companies without their own loading areas or a private parking facility.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:36, Thursday 13 August 2020

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