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The road is congested down Midland Road, cars are parking on the grass verges which is making it very dangerous.

Reported via desktop in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 12:43, Friday 26 February 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways 1 hour, 35 minutes later. ref: 2573662.

Midland road is very congested, parking a premium, cars have to mount the kerb, this results in the mud being very dangerous. Please can a hard surface be put down this would be less dangerous, more parking for the cars and cost less to maintain.

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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 Highways at 14:19, Friday 26 February 2021

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:40, Friday 26 March 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding a suggestion to put a hard surface on the grass verges for resident’s parking. Following technical advice based on the Council’s network management policy, we would not consider placing any form of surface hardening i.e. course gravel, loose chippings, paving, concrete or tarmac, onto grass areas next to the highway. Highlighted by adverse weather conditions, careful consideration must be made into the effect of rainwater drainage. Roadside verges soak away water from the highway and by putting tarmac or any hard surface on a grass verge, will increase the possibility of rainwater flooding across roads and footways or into properties. It also becomes expensive to install and maintain a hard surface, as footways that run adjacent to grass verges generally also have to be built up to stop flooding from happening and instead allow the rainwater to be diverted into a drain gully. We also do appreciate that there are areas where parking is at a premium and people endeavour to maximise the available on-street and off-road parking spaces. Unfortunately, the Council no longer considers 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 wet or inclement weather. Therefore if there is significantly damage to a roadside grass verge, this can be reported on the North Northamptonshire Council’s public online reporting 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.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:23 today

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