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Ipswich: Anger after residents told to remove posts put up to stop people parking on grass verges

16:22 03 April 2014

Cheltenham Avenue, Ipswich, where residents have been asked to remove posts from the grass verges

Cheltenham Avenue, Ipswich, where residents have been asked to remove posts from the grass verges

People in one Ipswich road have been told they could face financial penalties for knocking wooden posts into the grass verge outside their homes.

Cheltenham Avenue, Ipswich, where residents have been asked to remove posts from the grass verges Cheltenham Avenue, Ipswich, where residents have been asked to remove posts from the grass verges

Residents in Cheltenham Avenue do not want cars parking on the strip of land between the pavement and the road because of the damage it causes.

They started putting up the stakes to stop the practice but council officials have told them it is illegal.

A letter sent to one homeowner said the posts were a “wilful obstruction of the public highway”.

But disgruntled residents are annoyed that while their posts have to go others on nearby streets remain.

Brian Yelland has lived in Cheltenham Avenue for more than 30 years and put up posts near his house to protect the verge.

“I’m just fed up,” Mr Yelland said. “I got a letter from the council saying if I didn’t take them out I’ll get fined.

“I don’t mind when people park on the road, but not when they park on the grass.

“I can’t understand why in other places the stakes are still there. I feel a little bit victimised by it. I think somebody complained about it. I think it’s a bit petty.

“Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but I take pride in the area around my house.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “The act of obstructing the public highway by driving stakes or placing stones on to grass verges is a problem across the county.

“We understand often this is done with all good intention; however, we must remind people that this sort of activity is not only illegal, but poses risk to the person undertaking the act and those using the highway.

“Any person obstructing the highway in this way could find themselves defending a civil action if a cyclist, pedestrian or vehicle using the public highway were to have an accident involving any of these items.

“We regularly receive complaints or reports of this happening across Ipswich and in the Cheltenham Avenue area and so have had to respond by sending letters to residents asking them to remove the obstructions. We are pleased that these requests are usually complied with.”

14 comments

  • As I drive around ipswich one of the biggest offenders I see is ipswich council the white vans seem to park where they like while the workman are working in council owned property grass verges are no problem to them .

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    pandy

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • These verges look a lot better than those that have been churned up by all the work vans that people are allowed to bring home nowadays.

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    waspie

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • So if it's an offence to drive stakes into the grass verges, how come Suffolk County Council have done just that at the end of our road to stop people parking on the verges! One rule for the council, another for the council tax paying residents!

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    KC

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Having said that, I'm surpised the council dont just let people leave the obstructions out let residents fight any claims that may come their way. There are much more important things to be getting on with, im sure.

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    ipswichLAD

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Out of interest, I viewed Cheltenham Avenue on the google maps street view camera. Whilst accepting this was done several years ago, there are several scruffy verges obviously from vehicles parkingdriving over them. There are two well preserved verges, opposite each other, with very low "pegs" driven into the ground. Then further on there are two very official( county council looking) tall black posts with reflectors in them placed in the verge. I wonder who put them there?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Putting stakes on the grass verge is dangerous if anyone falls over them they could get really hurt, we must remember that the streetlights are put out now so they would not be visible at these times

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    joy

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Well the council put them in on Heath Road so thats no against the law then ? Can have two different rule books ! If the area was meant to be parked or driven on it wouldn't be made of grass , would it ? Why shouldn't residents want their neighbourhood to look nice ? There's plenty of other areas of Ipswich that don't !

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Typical of the idiots running Suffolk County Council. They're clearly not obstructing ANY lawful use of the highway. Probably wouldn't have minded if they'd put traffic lights in.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • They are on the verge, not on the highway, but then again cyclists are constantly switching from path to road when they ride so they're likely to ride into one and blame it on a motorist.

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    Ted Maul

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Surely the only people parking alog the Avenue would be residents, guests of residents and residents contractors. Its not like this road is in the town centre......

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • civil action? Doesn't the council mean unlawful rather than illegal as its not a criminal offence?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • The residents may find it helpful to display signs on their properties informing motorists that they've buried strands of barbed wire in the verge. That will discourage them.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • So if I park my car on (council owned) grass verge and then do a wheel spin when I drive off, churning up the grass, it is ok? I think someone has been taking my name in vane.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • KC - just because it is an offence to put obstructions on the verge, does not necessarily make it right for people to park there. Unapproved measures placed on the verge, such as rocks and poles can result in residents being open to third party claims if a car was to run into one, what gives anyone the right to place objects outside of their property? The verge is highway and is there to allow people to pass and re-pass - although not necessarily to park there. In fact, parking on the verge can damage underground apparatus. The original victor Meldrew - it is not ok to cause deliberate damage to the verges im sure you could be charged for the repair costs.

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    ipswichLAD

    Friday, April 4, 2014

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