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Obstructions-public paths, footpaths, road and Highways

Cambridgeshire County Council is responsible for enforcing Rights of Way where obstructions occur on or over public paths, footpaths, roads and Highways.

Please report the matter using the interactive link. The incident will be logged and a CCC Officer will investigate.

Please note in the first instance CCC will enforce Right of access where there is HM registered Land or homeowner adjacent to the path/road by contacting the responsible Party to undertake the necessary works. Where not and no Landowner can be established CCC may undertake work based on public risk and safety assessment.

Where a road has not been adopted by CCC (usually under Planning Conditions and legal agreement) as a public or environmental nuisance please contact your local Cambridgeshire County Council representative

Parking vehicles on the highways grass verges causes damage that’s expensive to repair.

Verge damage can be caused by:

  • residents parking outside their properties
  • visiting vehicles. For example; near schools from regular vehicles visiting the area
  • delivery vehicles / other vehicles that cannot be associated with a property or premises
  • vehicles cutting across a corner of a highway / mounting pavement to avoid waiting in traffic

It’s an offence under the Highways Act to cause damage to highway verges, or other parts of the highway.

More highways act information

  • under the Highways Act 1980 s137 it is an offence to wilfully obstruct a highway (Punishable by Fixed Penalty Notice)
  • under the Highways Act 1980 s131 it is an offence to damage a highway without lawful authority or excuse (punishable by claim for damages)
  • under the Highways Act 1835 s72 and the Road Traffic Act 1988 s34 it is an offence to drive on any footpath or causeway alongside any road (punishable by fine)

There’s no legislation in place to confer a right to park on a public road, pavement or verge. If the council is required to carry out remedial works, it may seek to recover any expense incurred and prosecute persistent offenders.

To report illegal parking please report the matter either to East Cambridgeshire District Council under District-wide Bylaws (nuisance) or to Cambridgeshire Police under breach of Relevant Statute (See above) may legally act.

For more information regarding forthcoming  road works in the area click here or follow

For more information on footpaths and Rights of Way in Cambridgeshire including Soham please click here.

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