We are aware of concerns surrounding West Street, Earls Barton and reports of vehicles driving dangerously and mounting the pavement in order to pass. I want to take this opportunity to make residents aware that we have taken action to try and resolve this issue. We have previously contacted Northants Highways to see if it would be viable to instal bollards/railings which would prevent cars mounting the pavement. This was after we became aware of several concerns raised on Facebook groups.
A site survey was completed but unfortunately the width of the footway at the location varies between 1.4m and 0.90m so it was not suitable for any type of pedestrian railing or bollards. We then approached Highways again to see if it would be possible to raise the curb. However this was not possible as it would have an impact on the properties at the back of the footway and could lead to problems with footings and water ingress etc. We also enquired if it would be possible to have a formal priority feature similar to Dowthorpe End, although this didn’t fit the correct criteria as it isn’t always a case that only one vehicle can pass at a time.
Highways notified us that the only real option would be to consider waiting restrictions (yellow lines) which would stop the vehicles parking and allow two way traffic. Obviously this then has consequences for those residents nearby who currently park there.
We (Police) have never refused to attend any public meetings, I was last invited to attend a meeting in September 2017, however I had just been involved in a serious injury at work and was off duty awaiting surgery. There was no request for any further attendance, my colleagues would have been more than happy to attend in my absence. Unfortunately due to the nature of my injury, I have not yet returned to operational duties, however I hope to be back by the end of the year.
We continue to monitor the street and follow up incidents received via 101. I urge residents to please report vehicles driving dangerously via 101 or via the online reporting form below. There has been a considerable amount of complaints on Facebook, but unfortunately many of these haven’t been reported.
We will continue to work with residents and partners towards a safe solution to this issue.