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A large rock has been placed on the edge of the verge.

Reported via mobile in the Safety Bollard - Damaged/Missing category anonymously at 14:48, Mon 16 November 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2390362.

Outside number 7 Irvine drive, towcester, a large rock has been placed on the corner of the verge to prevent anyone parking/driving over it. The rock is not highly visible, nor tall and therefore in poor conditions it could easily be missed and cause significant damage to cars/vans/lorry etc. There is legal road parking opposite (which many people require due to most driveways holding only one car), this leaves limited space between the parked cars and risks people damaging their cars on the rock, especially if it is a large or emergency vehicle, or poor driving conditions. It's been present for several weeks now.

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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 14:48, Mon 16 November 2020

  • Reports 2368561 and 2360493 are also relate to this verge infringement and are available for viewing.

    Posted anonymously at 08:03, Tue 17 November 2020

  • Council Planning rules state houses built with a garage and a driveway constitutes 2x allocated parking spaces. In the example given by the “other” person If garages are chosen to not be used for a car and the concern about emergency vehicles is relevant then please use your garage for one of your two cars to make more space on the road. Saying that, please see photo showing ample width. As a resident of the shires, I fully support the ascetics of the neighbourhoods. Also note, vehicles shouldn’t be on the path/grass where these rocks are in a number of places in the shires. This clearly isn't about a rock on a piece of grass, see other area's and the linked cases to this.

    Posted anonymously at 15:25, Tue 17 November 2020

  • It should also be noted that the people who have put the rock on this verge have dumped an unused car outside the house opposite them, thus causing people to be unable to park outside their own home. The rock is very difficult to see in the dark and will cause significant damage to a vehicle.

    Posted anonymously at 17:57, Tue 17 November 2020

  • The people living at said house with the rock must have lived in that house for 17+ years with no issues with any neighbour including the ones commenting on this post, looks like a personal vendetta or is it the fact that people have witnessed "neighbours" using this drop curb area to assist in accessing their driveway, hence being over tetchy about the rock placement and genuinely not really considering anyone else’s cause or reason as per highway act and concern about children walking on that verge/path? Vehicle is irrelevant and a “red herring” especially as we are in lockdown and travel is only essential.

    Posted anonymously at 08:33, Wed 18 November 2020

  • The fact that the rock is placed in a position that makes it difficult to see is the real issue here. If you were to hit that in your car you would be looking at a hefty bill to fix the damage. Are these people who placed it there going to accept responsibility for any damage? I think it’s unlikely and I don’t think this is a personal vendetta against anyone, the rock should not be there and should be moved.

    Posted anonymously at 09:39, Wed 18 November 2020

  • No personal vendetta... I posted the original concern on this thread, and don't know the residents who live at the house concerned, nor did I know the previous residents. I live on the shires, and use irvine road for access regularly. Case 2360493 has identified that it shouldn't be there, it is now effectively fly tipping. I know of someone who has damaged their car as a result of the rock and may consider further action against the residents who have admitted to placing it there. Do the right thing and move it please.

    Posted anonymously at 14:05, Wed 18 November 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:06, Wed 18 November 2020

  • 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 14:10, Wed 18 November 2020

  • The reason its placed there is for safety, if a vehicle left the road, over the curb and onto the grass verge it only emphasises the fact of safety needed where pedestrians are. This is a driving without due care and attention issue not an issue about a rock trying to save people.

    Posted anonymously at 14:42, Wed 18 November 2020

  • Looking at all these responses, in summary maybe a council bollard or a larger and more visible object (rock or otherwise) would be better option to address the main safety reason and visibility issues discussed.

    Posted anonymously at 14:42, Wed 18 November 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:42, Wed 18 November 2020

  • I think it’s extremely unlikely that a vehicle would be travelling at enough speed to mount the pavement and mow down any passing pedestrians so it’s not a safety issue at all. As people have already stated it’s now classed as fly tipping and if you were to dump your rubbish anywhere else you would be fined for it. Do the sensible and community minded thing and move the rock.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 16:15, Wed 18 November 2020

  • Unlikely, so why are there lorry tyre marks on the grass verge, as per photos. Also note, the original case clearly states this rock is TEMPORARY based on the outcome of the council (not the residence) and will be replaced (if approved) with a larger, clearer and more visible item (IF APPROVED). Fly tipping is "dumping illegally and anonymously", the rock has been "placed" strategically to stop vehicles on the verge/path.

    Posted anonymously at 17:22, Wed 18 November 2020

  • So by your own admission above, it has not been approved, therefore should be removed unless agreed otherwise.

    Posted anonymously at 21:21, Wed 18 November 2020

  • I'm a local resident, and this is my first post on this site. I believe the placement of the large piece of concrete on the kerb edge at the property on Irvine Drive to be a inflammatory and uneighbourly act. It seems that one party has responded to a parking dispute with other local residents, by escalating the situation at the expense of everyone except themselves. Multiple complaints have been made about this issue, the concrete has caused damage to more than one vehicle, and it essentially creates an additional hazard on a blind bend in a narrow road where a lot of vehicles are parked. From what I have seen and read, it is apparent that the residents responsible for its placement have a double garage and double driveway, yet still insist on parking some of their vehicles outside a neighbour's house, and have erected an obstacle to prevent people parking in close proximity to their driveway. I would urge the council to address the matter promptly and firmly. I would like to suggest that rather than merely removing the concrete, that a better solution would be to narrow the grass verge and widen the road to create additional parking. Oncoming vehicles and lorries would then also be able to navigate this bend far more safely, and it would improve access for many residents if they required a large item to be delivered. I for one would be happy to contribute to the cost of such works, as it would be for the benefit of all.

    Posted anonymously at 23:23, Wed 18 November 2020

  • Site to view

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:32, Thu 19 November 2020

  • This rock has now been painted white, I assume in a bid to make it more visible to drivers. I can also assume that this has been done as the people who live in this property have absolutely no intention of moving either the rock or the car that they have parked outside a house opposite them. As they stated earlier in this thread, they have lived in their house for over 17 years which they seem to think gives them carte blanche to do whatever they like, They are clearly utterly selfish indivduals who give absolutely no thought to the people who live around them and do not care that they have caused damage to cars with the thoughtless placing of a rock in an bid to stop them being inconvenienced by some mud outside their house. I am absolutely certain that if someone else had done something like this, and these people disagreed with the action then they would be complaining loudly, and to anyone who would listen until the problem was fixed. I hope that they are presented with repair bills for the damage that they have caused and made to move the rock.

    Posted anonymously at 17:21, Sun 22 November 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 17:21, Sun 22 November 2020

  • 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 08:47, Mon 23 November 2020

  • Please add photos from this area to the investigation and note identical reasons for doing this (Safety!). Only "official council comments" will be taken on board and adhered to going forward. Note positions of these as well when comparing.

    Posted anonymously at 09:44, Mon 23 November 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 09:45, Mon 23 November 2020

  • 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 09:50, Mon 23 November 2020

  • Is it possible that Northants County Council could please provide an update on their investigation of this issue?

    Posted anonymously at 10:13, Saturday 23 January 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:13, Saturday 23 January 2021

  • Already in progress from a previpis report. Letters have already been sent

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:37, Tuesday 26 January 2021

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