Obstructions placed on the verge of the highway – Reminder

There has been instances whereby road users have been endangered by obstructions on the verge of the highway. The placement of posts, stones, wooden blocks etc impede road users when they need to take urgent action to avoid traffic.

Guidance from Norfolk County Council confirms that the verge forms part of the Highway and under the Highways Act, the Highway must not be obstructed, and must always remain available for Highway users.

In the event of accident and injury, and if the obstructions are deemed to be the cause, there is the possibility that legal action could be taken against the property owner to recover damages. Norfolk County Council will investigate if complaints are received.

If an obstruction is causing a problem the Parish Council would always recommend parishioners speak to the property owner in the first instance.

However, any obstruction or damage to highways can easily be reported on the NCC Highways web site @ https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/report-a-problem

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