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Cars causing danger by parking on verge near the causeway

Reported via desktop in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 14:46, Mon 23 November 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2401595.

Cars are parking on the verge. A relation of mine had to stop due to oncoming traffic because a car was parked sticking out onto the road. This is a constant problem. A car has pulled off the verge only just missing me as i was driving along the road a couple of months ago. People load and unload bikes, dogs and children there just to avoid the payment in the car park. And who can blame them when you take the dog for a walk you do not want to pay so much every day. There will be a serious accident if something is not done. i.e. put posts in like you have further down before it is too late please.

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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 14:47, Mon 23 November 2020

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor Service with regard to vehicles parking on the verge on the approaches to Pitsford Causeway. 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 and especially an issue during the winter months when the verges do not have an opportunity to dry out. Although there is an existing Clearway Order in place through this section it only applies to vehicles actually stopping on the carriageway itself (not on the verge) so a separate Verge Parking order would be required to stop this issue. We are however in discussion with Anglian Water, who own and operate the car park, for them to fund the introduction of a verge parking order which would legally prohibit parking on the verge in this area.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:53, Fri 27 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 14:53, Fri 27 November 2020

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