Verge Parking

As car ownership has grown so has the problem of grass verge parking and the ‘green’ concept on which many residential areas were designed is gradually disappearing.

Under a local Byelaw, verge parking in Stevenage is an offence and offenders are liable to prosecution through the Magistrates court. This Byelaw was introduced at a time when vehicles parked on verges was a rarity, but nowadays the problem is so widespread that enforcement under the Byelaw is not practicable, as due to financial restrictions we are unable to constantly patrol the verges to catch offenders.

A permanent Traffic Order is now in place in the St. Nicholas, Martins Wood, Pin Green, Bedwell, Chells and Manor, Shephall and Bandley Hill areas of the town. Civil Enforcement Officers are enforcing verge and footway parking and issuing penalty charge notices for parking contraventions. Penalty charges are £70 which will be reduced to £35 if they are paid within 14 days. The Traffic Order has been so successful that it will soon be rolled out to other areas of the town.

We will undertake physical verge protection in certain areas.  Priority is given to dealing with verge parking adjacent to junctions where sightlines are being obstructed, where grassed areas are being used as a short cut between two roads and/or where the damage caused could pose safety hazards for users of the highway (e.g. deep rutting which could pose a hazard to pedestrians).  If the request for verge protection does not satisfy the above criteria, the person making the request is encouraged to ask their local Councillor to consider funding the verge protection work.

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Engineering Services Unit
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

engineers@stevenage.gov.uk 
01438 242296