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Verge being damaged by vehicle driving over it and creating mud hazard

Reported via desktop in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 15:28, Mon 30 November 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2411945.

Outside 6 Naseby Rd, neighbour causing mud hazard on verge by driving over the grass back and forward. Resident would like assessment for a post to be put on the verge to prevent this problem. Mud on footway and home driveway due to this car's actions on a regular basis. Please contact the resident if possible beforehand or when visiting.

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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 15:28, Mon 30 November 2020

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Councils Street Doctor Service with regard to parking on the verge in Naseby Road, Kettering. 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). The installation of wooden posts or bollards will now only be considered to prevent overrunning of the verge or parking where there is a pedestrian safety issue such as in the vicinity of schools with a high density of pedestrian use. In the past we introduced posts to stop parking on, and to prevent overrunning, of verges but unfortunately due to current budget constraints we are no longer able to do this due to the initial costs of installing the posts / bollards and the on-going maintenance costs. If we introduced them at a particular location, that was not safety related, this would put us in a difficult position to defend why we had not installed them at other locations where we had received similar requests. Although the overrunning of the verge may be unsightly this does not currently constitute a priority for our funding. 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 15:46, Wed 2 December 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 15:46, Wed 2 December 2020

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