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Grass verge now completely muddy

Reported via desktop in the Verges - Damaged by Vehicles category anonymously at 13:11, Wed 25 January 2023

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 4169411.

Grass verge along this strip from the junction of Broad Street towards the village has been churned up by cars parking. They are using the dropped kerb outside The Garth to access the rest of the verge along this strip. Resident would also like to look into parking restrictions here, such as bollards.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. Officers will now investigate the concerns and this may take up to 5 working days. If you believe that your concerns are urgent then please phone us.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:12, Wed 25 January 2023

  • There has been no result of investigation. Please advise soonest as the situation is getting worse and has deteriorated since this report. A vehicle crosses over dropped kerb at The Garth, Northampton Road to access the grass verge. He drives on the pavement to access the grass. He lives at Winchcome Northampton Road

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 15:52, Mon 13 February 2023

  • Investigation: Completed (No Action Necessary) - Thank you for your enquiry. This is a common problem at this time of year where the verges soften and become prone to rutting. It is unfortunate but West Northamptonshire Council 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. We can advise one of our inspectors shall visit the area and if the damage meets with our investigatory levels, we shall place an order to remedy the damaged 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, the Authority 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. 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. If you think this area would benefit from waiting restrictions, please complete the online application form; Request new parking restrictions | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 08:54, Wed 1 March 2023

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