Yes, I am cross over many things but I have now focused my recent angst and am attempting to galvanise my Mother’s local authority into action. The day after Ref’s accident I was looking out of the window picturing the accident, morbid but inevitable really, when I noticed that the neighbours access over the pavement has not got a ‘dropped kerb’. Once I had realised this I Could understand why he was driving in, and reversing out, it’s easier to drive up a kerb. I mentioned this to my sister, she’s involved in housing, an she told me that it is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 to not have a crossover or dropped kerb. The next time I saw our police liason guy I mentioned this omission to him, the next day he told me it wasn’t an offence. With more things to occupy my thoughts than pavements I dismissed it from my thoughts, until Mum started to obsess about the neighbour continuing to reversing out into the road, he is basically re-enacting the accident time after time.
I returned to the Highways Act 1980 and found Section 184 which confirmed my sister’s previous assertion Then I went to the website of Mum’s Local Authority and found that they state that it is illegal AND DANGEROUS to access a property by motor vehicle when a dropped kerb has not been installed. I mused. The Highways Act gives 2 reasons for requiring a crossover, one is to prevent damage to the pavement and any services within it, the other is to allow for the easy transition from pavement to road. Right, so they are acknowledging that the drop from one level to another may cause problems, do they mean lack of control of the vehicle I wonder? Armed with my newly acquired information I marched into the relevant local authority offices where, initially, a lovely young man told me there was nothing they could do. I suggested he view their website where they state in glorious technicolour that they can prevent a householder’s vehicle from crossing over a pavement to gain access. He did this and then, some what laconically, told me they would look into it. I remained calm and suggested that he read his local paper to find out why I was so concerned about the relevant transgression but that everything was fine as now I had informed the local powers that be (him) about something which had contributed to a fatality and which was continuing to occur on multiple occasions throughout the day, probably due to the lack of a dropped kerb.
That was yesterday. Today a highways official has contacted the police to inform them that he is visiting the site, not sure why he let them know, it ensures we don’t hear his findings as the police are not allowed to tell us much in case it prejudices a case but at least I feel as if I may have stopped the neighbour rubbing salt in the wound, hopefully.