Council to review its dropped kerb policy

Published Monday, 23 November 2020

Coventry City Council is set to revise its Domestic Vehicle Crossing Policy to allow more properties to qualify for a dropped kerb so residents can park off road.

The changes to the policy are to be discussed at Cabinet on 1 December and if they are approved will be implemented immediately.

The policy, which was previously revised in 2016, sets out the criteria and process for residents to apply for and build a vehicle crossing over the pavement to their property. After listening to residents’ feedback and some work to look at average car lengths, Council officers have suggested further revisions that will improve the process and allow more residents to successfully apply for a dropped kerb.

The major change to the policy will be the further reduction of the required depth of private frontage from 4.5m to 4.0m. 

Officers have been researching popular car lengths and the research has shown that small cars and even some saloons are considerably shorter than 4.5m in length. Following this research and considering residents’ own experiences, Officers are confident that the minimum depth can now be safely reduced to 4.0m and are recommending the policy be revised to reflect this.

To go along with this reduction and to ensure that the new crossings are safe, additional enforcement measures will be introduced to ensure that residents aren’t allowing their vehicle to overhang onto the pavement.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “We are constantly listening to feedback and looking for ways to improve our services. That’s why I’m pleased that we can make these revisions which will enable more people to create front drives so they can park off road.

“Pavements are not built for cars to drive over them so over time if people drive over them without the correct construction underground they are damaged and become uneven and dangerous for pedestrians. This of course is especially concerning for people with mobility issues, older people who are more vulnerable to trips and the visually impaired. Hopefully by allowing more crossings we will significantly lower this damage and ensure that our roads and pavements safe and secure for our residents to use.”

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