Local Issues

Roads & Footpaths

At the start of 2017 we conducted a neighbour survey highlighting approximately one hundred local issues in respect to our Roads & Footpaths.  Sadly, we have not made the progress that we wished in respect to getting them resolved however we continue to work to get the worst issues resolved by Essex County Council.

Junction Protection Measures

The Association has approached South Essex Parking to see what Parking Restrictions can be brought in to curb some of the bad parking seen around local jucntions.  It is against the Highway Code to park on the pavement and can be very dangerous.  Please do show common sense and consideration to other residents by parking near to a junction.

Parking on Pavements

We continue to see a few local residents and their visitors parking on our local pavements.  In some cases the vehicles are parked completely across the footpath which is completely illegal and highly dangerous for pedestrians (especially those with mobility scooters, walking difficulty and young children).

This effects all those who need to get by your car Visually impaired dog user, disability buggy user, wheelchair user, mothers with double buggies, or just people that don’t enjoy walking single file passed a vehicle.

As well as being inconsiderate and dangerous driving on pavements causes excessive wear and tear to the pavement surface as they are simply not designed to carry the weight of vehicles parked on them.  The cracks and damaged paving presents further hazards to pedestrians lasting a well beyond the original inconsiderate parking.

The Legal Bit :

It is completely illegal to drive on the pavement (except at a dropped kerb for access to your property).

Highways Act 1980, Section 137

“If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence.”

Road Traffic Act 1988 Part I  Use of motor vehicles away from roads , Section 34

Prohibition of driving mechanically propelled vehicles elsewhere than on roads.

“(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, if without lawful authority a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle –

(b) on any road being a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway,

he is guilty of an offence.”

 

Highway  Code – Rule 145

“You MUST NOT drive on or over a pavement, footpath or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency.”

Highway Code – Rule 244

“You MUST NOT not park partially or wholly on the pavement in Lonon, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”