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Dangerous parking on pavement

Reported via mobile in the Safety Bollard - Damaged/Missing category anonymously at 15:10, Sat 27 November 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3146894.

Can we please have a bollard to the right of my dropped kerb to stop drivers running their cars up my drive and parking on the pavement. There is a constant flow of traffic parking here all times of the day not only is it breaking up the pavement it is especially dangerous at school times. When residents and other members of the public, Including commercial vehicles, park on or close to the bollards and over my access, for the shops or the parcel locker, you have little visibility for children crossing the road and I can't get in or out with my car. My dropped kerb is quite narrow but they expect me to drive over the grass and kerb, damaging my wheels to avoid their vehicles. I shouldn't have to do this, its makes a mess of the grass and has cracked my alloy wheels costing £200 for repairs. I was told I could pay £180 TO GET A WHITE LINE put on the road but as it is not enforceable it wouldn't stop people parking there. It really needs a bollard about a foot from the top of my dropped kerb to the right of my property looking from outside. I have many photos of bad parking and is infuriating when you have a regular hospital appointment. Please seriously consider this, it is simple, effective way to solve the problems. Thank you, kind regards

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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 15:10, Sat 27 November 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Regrettably, Northamptonshire Highways no longer consider installing bollards or barriers to prevent parking to be a priority. We can only suggest that you consider applying for an advisory access white line to indicate to motorists that they should keep your driveway access clear. 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 Northamptonshire Police Safety Community Team 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 Where there is an issue with parking as with this scenario, the Council are unable to solve the problem with engineering measures without either opposition from the local community or the displacement of vehicles to another location, and therefore rely on motorists to park in a sensible and considerate manner.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:05, Mon 29 November 2021

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