Near 64 Norton Road, Northampton mud on pavement
Reported via desktop in the Obstruction (Not Vegetation) category anonymously at 17:32, Monday 17 January 2022
Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3246361.
Near 64 Norton Road cars park on grass verge and it is churned up and the mud in on the pavement and is extremely slippery and dangerous, particularly when wet. An elderly resident has actually fallen due to this. Please clean and make verge parking not possible somehow
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State changed to: Investigating
Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:32, Monday 17 January 2022
Thank you for your enquiry. We are sorry to hear of the incident involving a resident slipping on the mud and hope they have made a speedy recovery. We can advise the area has been inspected and the necessary remedial action has been taken. We shall of course continue to monitor the problem through our routine maintenance inspection programme. This is a common problem at this time of year where the verges soften and become prone to rutting. It is unfortunate but Northamptonshire Highways do not have the financial resources to continually reinstate grass verges on the basis that they may look unsightly and as such we are unable to consider remedial works such as bollards, hard-standing or other preventative measures and will only intervene in exceptional circumstances, where the problem has become a safety concern to either road users or pedestrians. If the verge becomes damaged to the point that it is considered to be a safety concern then this can be reinstated through our maintenance programme. The issue with this is that it will soon become damaged again if vehicles continue to overrun the verge. It is not an offence in law to park a motor vehicle, other than a heavy goods vehicle, on a grass verge unless it causes an obstruction or a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) / byelaw is in force prohibiting it. Requests for posts, bollards or signs to be erected to protect the verge in order to stop parking will not be considered except on safety grounds to persons using the highway or to self-enforce an existing TRO. Although there is no blanket prohibition of parking on verges, a particular incident of verge parking may be considered dangerous or obstructive and therefore constitute a criminal offence which would need to be investigated, and enforcement action taken by the Police. Where there is an issue with parking as with this scenario, it is difficult to solve the problem with engineering measures without either opposition from the local community or the displacement of vehicles to another location, and therefore we rely on motorists to park in a sensible and considerate manner. There are occasions when preventative parking measures would be of benefit, such as waiting restrictions which can be implemented to address a permanent instance of dangerous parking. When considering these requests however, it is necessary to keep in mind the displacement of vehicles and where these will be transferred. As with many highway related problems it’s about striking a balance that addresses the issues without creating new ones.
State changed to: Closed
Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:09, Friday 28 January 2022
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