Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Policy on Dropped Kerbs - Redbridge

Or, “the war on the motorist” part II

This was agreed at Redbridge Cabinet earlier this month ….
Change of policy on dropped kerbs
New policy changes regarding dropped kerbs (also known as footway crossings) have been brought in to help residents with mobility problems and to reduce the risk of obstruction on the pavement.
The change also means that the Council will only grant permission for a dropped kerb if there is space to park the vehicle perpendicularly off the road. This is to help prevent residents parking their vehicles overhanging the pavement and creating an obstruction to pedestrians.
There are plenty of examples of overhang here in Redbridge but I don’t have any photos so I have borrowed this one from Freewheeler. This is Bull Street in Stratford upon Avon.

However, I am wondering how this new policy will be implemented and what criteria will be used to make decisions. The phrase “if there is space to park the vehicle perpendicularly off the road” has two components – the length of the off-road space on private property and the length of the vehicle. If the applicant owns one of these ….

… and there is enough room for it, can the council legitimately refuse that application? And what happens if they trade it in for one of these or move and somebody else moves in with something similar?

The only way I can see this policy working is if the Council force a rule for say an average sized family car, that is require a certain off-road footage, which still leaves the same problem that longer vehicles may not fit. People are already having this problem with garages, which is why the lock-ups are all disappearing and being replaced with housing without any off-road parking.

Mind you here in Redbridge car owners do not seem to need dropped kerbs to "overhang" the pavement and stop me cycling walking on it.

And this is a common sight on Barkingside High Street, although this photo was taken in Hornsey Road, Islington last week.

And this is not a common sight on Barkingside High Street late in the evening as regular users of that bus stop will frequently tell you.


  1. The phrase "if there is space to park the vehicle perpendicularly off the road" is bothering me too. Does it mean room to park the car vertically on its tail? A hoist would help, but might put some strain on the building.

  2. A similar problem is the parking by commuters of Smart cars, and other short vehicles, with the nose to the kerb. This means that the length of the car projects into the carriageway by at least 50% more than a standard width car parked parallel with the kerb. This can be seen daily in Madeira Grove, Woodford where as many as a dozen such vehicles park regularly in this fashion.

    Madeira Grove is designated as an emergency bus turning point for route 275. They cannot do so due to the ridiculous parking that prevails there.
    During the next two weekends a bus service will replace the trains between Woodford and Hainault via Chigwell. In the past buses arriving at Woodford have returned towards Hainault via Madeira Grove. Because of the foolish parking habits they must now travel the length of Snakes Lane East, right into Chigwell Road, right into Broadmead Road and right into St Barnamabas Road returning to Woodford Station. Not only does this use far more fuel than necessary, it also adds unnecessarily to air pollution.

    Parking in this fashion contravenes the legal regulations about on-street parking. Why, then, is it ignored both by our council and the police?

    1. I see what you mean - Click!
      Why don't they have a temporary "No Parking at all" (cones) on the single yellow line while the replacement bus service is in operation? It is done for all sorts of other reasons elsewhere.

    2. Because neither the council nor the police can be bothered to enforce the law.

      By the way, I have little doubt that a fire appliance would also have great difficulty passing some of the parked cars in Madeira Grove - although there are likely to be fewer appliances in the future. How do the dust carts manage?

  3. you ought to see what i see here in Chignault,people parking fully on the pavement,parking on green areas,cars not fitting into drives and even worse some residents making there own dropped kerbs.(and doing a very bad job of it)seems as if our council does not have a clue as to what goes on in the borough or it dosent care.

  4. Coxsoft is theoritically correct in that "perpendicular" normally refers to the vertical and has come to us as translation from mediaeval Latin as describing (church) architecture (means "hanging down")

    A more accurate term for "at right angles on the same level" is orthogonal from the Greek "orthos", translated as "straight", and "gonia", meaning "angle".