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Dangerous parking due to worn road markings

Reported via desktop in the Road Markings - Worn/Faded category anonymously at 10:23, Thursday 21 October 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3075873.

Vehicles are parking dangerously on the corner of Pomfret Road and Brackley Road, Towcester, endangering other motorists, residents and school children. Motorists are deliberately ignoring the faded double yellow lines and parking immediately on the corner of the junction blocking visibility for motorists and people looking to cross the road. Motorists also park blatantly on the pavement while they visit the local shop, thinking this lazy behaviour is acceptable. The pavement is not a designated parking space! See photos.

The double yellow lines need to be repainted and enforced. The lines are faded and motorists are not paying attention to them. There needs to be better enforcement of these restrictions to protect the safety of local residents and the nearby school children. It's a dangerous junction and someone could be hurt if this poor parking continues. This has been ongoing over the last six months.

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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 10:24, Thursday 21 October 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. We can confirm a works order has been raised to refresh the double yellow lines at this location. Concerning the parking issues, This type of problem is becoming more common and is in part due to an increase in car ownership, especially in built-up areas, where parking is at a premium. A consequence of this is that roads in some locations are not designed to cater for parking which leads to motorists becoming tempted to park indiscriminately, such as close to junctions or in other obstructive ways, and in doing so fail to observe the highway code in this respect. Where a vehicle is parked in such a way that impedes vehicle access, which may constitute an obstruction to other road users, this should be reported to the local Police who can carry out the necessary enforcement action against the owners. Similarly, if the vehicle is parked on the footpath and causing an obstruction, this should be reported to the local Police, however they can only consider taking action if the vehicle is parked wholly across the footpath. You may report parking issues to the Police using the following link; https://www.northants.police.uk/ a/ your-area/ Where vehicles are parking on restricted areas such as double yellow lines, these can be enforced by our civil enforcement officers, to raise this as an area of concern and request enforcement action please use the following link; https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/ councilservices/ northamptonshire-highways/ parking/ Pages/ parking-enforcement-.aspx Alternatively, you may wish to report the matter directly by contacting the Council’s Parking Services on 0845 680 0153* (*Calls will cost per minute, plus a phone company’s access charge) or email to Parking.NCC@westnorthants.gov.uk for their contracted Civil Enforcement Officers to investigate. Waiting restrictions indicated by yellow lines apply to the road, pavements and verges. Therefore, it is still against the law to park on the pavement/verge by the side of yellow lines.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:13, Friday 22 October 2021

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