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Grass verges fully destroyed

Reported via desktop in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 10:45, Wednesday 14 April 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2670744.

Cars have completely destroyed the grass verges, customer cannot cross them on mobility scooter. Cars park on the grass verges and not only have destroyed the grass verges but are also blocking the access to the flats of mobility scooter users. Customer has requested block paving and bollards to stop cars parking on verges.

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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 10:45, Wednesday 14 April 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry to the Highways Street Doctor Service with regard to the damage to the verges along Scott Road, Kettering. Verge parking, and damage to verges, is a perennial problem throughout many areas of the county and especially during the winter months when the verges do not have an opportunity to dry out. 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). With regard to the damage by vehicles overrunning the verge this is a very common issue in many narrow which were generally built before the widespread ownership of cars and where residents have no alternative off road areas to park their vehicles. In the past, certain areas within Kettering have had the verges hardened up to provide parking areas. These works were usually undertaken as part of larger maintenance schemes with the additional cost of this work being funded by the then Kettering Borough Council. Unfortunately, with the current pressure on Local Government resources, money is very scarce for hardening up of verge areas and most footway maintenance is now very localised minor repairs and is generally just to keep the footway up to required safety stands rather than any full reconstruction. Similarly in the past bollards were sometimes introduced to deter overrunning of verges but these simply displace the issue to other areas of the surrounding area or are physically removed by residents. We will however make our maintenance section aware of the condition of the verge to see if they can makes some repairs to the worst sections of Scott Road.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:10, Tuesday 20 April 2021

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:10, Tuesday 20 April 2021

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