Obstructions on Verges

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that a lot of people have large stones, logs and other obstructions on their verges, usually put there to discourage vehicles from driving onto the grass, or parking on it, and causing damage. While this is understandable, there are some regulations concerning this practice.

Any obstructions must be placed more than 45 cms, or just under 18″, back from the edge of the road. You may be asked by KCC to move it if it is closer than this.

We have been told by KCC that if a vehicle is damaged by hitting such an object that is too close to the road, the person who placed the obstruction there may be financially liable – in other words, you might find yourself approached by the vehicle’s insurers. In no circumstances should you place obstructions on someone else’s verge.

When placing such objects, please be aware that in a country setting, large vehicles serving local farms need to use our rather narrow roads. Even if they are not encroaching on your verge with their tyres, they have some overhang and this is where the 45 cm allowance is important.

Damage to verges, as well as potholes or problems with vegetation, may be reported to KCC for them to repair. Please use the Highways page on their website or phone 03000 41 81 81 (this will cost the same as a call to a landline, including from mobiles).