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Verges damaged by vehicle parking and requires alteration

Reported via desktop in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 16:33, Friday 30 October 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2364316.

Grass verge area to the side of no. 6 is in poor condition as vehicles park on it. Resident asking for measures to be put in place to maintain and stop vehicles turning this area into mud, particularly during winter months.

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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 16:34, Friday 30 October 2020

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor Service with regard to vehicles parking on the grass verge along Station Road, Burton Latimer. 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. 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 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 or tradesmen working on properties parking on the verge as they were generally ignored by locals and no action could be taken against them. These are now only generally considered for use in the vicinity of schools where there is good justification on safety grounds rather than to protect a verge for aesthetic reasons. Any defects in the verge that are considered as safety hazards will be picked up on routine walked inspections of the area attended to as necessary.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:22, Thursday 5 November 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 08:23, Thursday 5 November 2020

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