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Parking by tradesmen and visitors on this grass verge the bottom of LarkHill where the post box o

Reported via mobile in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 17:27, Friday 12 March 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2604683.

I have had to notify Anglian Water again this winter because of burst pipes on this area of grass which is caused by one of the residents allowing tradesmen with vans and visitors in cars to drive across the grass verge to the front of their property. Is it possible for the council to contact residents in the area asking them not to drive vehicles across this soft grass verge ? I have lived here for 20 years and have lost count of the number of times I have ended up reporting the problems caused by irresponsible people to Anglian Water using the green open areas as a car park causing cracked pipes and then not reporting the issue

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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 18:06, Friday 12 March 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry and thank you for contacting Anglian Water about the damaged pipes. Unfortunately, Northamptonshire County Council no longer consider installing ‘No Parking’ type signs or such measures at wooden posts, bollards or barriers to prevent parking on grass verges to be a priority. Legally it is not an offence to park a motor vehicle, other than an HGV, on a grass verge unless it causes an obstruction of the highway or there are parking restrictions in place e.g. double yellow lines or a byelaw is in force prohibiting it. Parking on a verge or footway would be a criminal offence if there is clear evidence of willful obstruction or causing a danger or obstruction to persons or property and where it is deemed not possible for drivers to safely manoeuvre, pedestrians to pass unhindered along the footway or that access to public or private property is impeded. We do understand that some verges may look aesthetically messy and unsightly, especially after the typical wet winter weather. Therefore, if they are significantly damaged this can be reported on the Northamptonshire County Council’s online ‘Street Doctor’ system for consideration under our annual maintenance programme for re-seeding (or re-turf if particularly muddy/damaged) and within the constraints of the Northamptonshire Highways financial budget. The only means of preventing parking here would be introduction of double yellow lines, as the yellow lines also apply to the verge as well as the road. Information about requesting new parking restrictions i.e. double yellow lines etc. is available via the North Northamptonshire website and relevant link parking-roads-and-transport/ request-new-parking-restrictions) but please note that any proposed restrictions are subject to public consultation to allow any opportunity to comment on proposed parking restrictions.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:24, Friday 16 April 2021

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