Bollards could help deter drivers from parking on grass verges, local authority hopes

Static bollards, as well as a variety of other measures such as plants, flower beds, planters, low level fencing might be used to deter drivers from parking on grass verges around Darlington, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

A Darlington Borough Council meeting heard verge parking had affected every ward for many years, but residents were becoming infuriated by deep ruts outside their homes, road users were facing extra hazards and underground utilities had been damaged.

A report to the authority’s local services scrutiny committee said rising verge parking was being fuelled by increasing vehicle ownership and bigger cars, reducing council budgets to resolve issues and an increasing tendency for works vehicles to be parked in the street.

Officers said parking near schools sometimes lead to inconsiderate and verge parking at certain times of the day, but could lead to tension between residents and drivers regarding access and damage to verges.

The report said tolerance levels to verge parking varied across the borough and that sometimes the council did not receive any complaints where there was significant damage and potential hazardous situations.

Dave Winstanley, the council’s assistant director for transport and capital projects, told members: “We all need a consistent way forward to deal with this in the community.”

Councillor Nick Wallis suggested the issue may be best tackled in some areas by allowing residents to “take more responsibility for their streets rather than have everything go through the town hall”. He said the authority’s resources were “extremely stretched” and questioned whether the council could manage some of the proposed solutions.

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