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Continued parking over a dropped kerb

Reported via desktop in the Damaged/Loose category anonymously at 10:51, Thu 23 June 2022

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3617550.

Hi, we have a dropped kerb but people regularly park over the driveway, denying us access into and out of our property. The last issue was yesterday, a vehicle parked meant that I could not leave the house to go to work. The police were called and they arranged to move it. The vehicle was not a local one, unfortunately so we could not approach neighbours. The Police officer suggested I contact yourselves to request that a white line is drawn across the entrance to the property in an endeavour to discourage parking, hopefully this will mean I do not need to get the police involved and use up their time and resources and cause disruption. This is the second incident to occur within the week, but it regularly occurs as people think it is fine to park across the entrance to avoid parking on the double yellow lines adjacent to the property. Please call for further information if required. Many thanks.

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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 10:51, Thu 23 June 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Where persistent parking obstruction occurs with access to your driveway, your local highway authority can offer an advisory access line across an entrance on the public highway. The marking has no legal significance or standing but are proven to be helpful in discouraging inconsiderate parking and usually act as a deterrent to would be parkers. If you are being prevented from exiting your driveway, i.e. it is regularly causing an obstruction to a resident from exiting their property, then with the registration number of the vehicle the police may be able to help by tracing the owner and offering advice/enforcement. Local police enquiries (non-emergency) can be contacted via 101 or the local police website. Generally, the access line is white and normally 75mm wide and extends across the dropped kerbs, plus up to one metre each side across the ramped kerbs. Where the gap between two entrances is too short for a car to park, then both entrances will need to be protected by a continuous white line. Should your access footway crossing be joint or double with a neighbour the white line will cover the whole length of dropped kerbs and the application should be made on behalf of both parties. These white lines can be useful in locations where non-residents parking on the street are creating persistent problems. They are less effective in tackling difficulties in areas where there is a general shortage of parking places for residents. The white line cannot be sited on the opposite side of the road to the driveway to ease turning movements. For further details please visit the West Northamptonshire Council website and search for ‘obstruction of driveways’ councilservices/ northamptonshire-highways/ parking/ Pages/ obstruction-of-driveways.aspx

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 11:35, Thu 23 June 2022

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