We are committed to keeping our roads free of obstruction and nuisance. We inspect our highways regularly to ensure they are free from obstruction. It's a criminal offence to wilfully obstruct the free passage along a highway.
Mud/debris on the road (including fly tipping, dead animals and spillages): To report a cleanliness issue relating to a street, gully, car park, public convenience or other public area, please complete our Street Cleansing Report Form.
Parking Issues: Civil Parking Enforcement Officers are responsible for dealing with obstructions on the road and pavements where waiting restrictions apply, such as yellow lines.
Parking on footways and pavements: The Police are responsible for dealing with obstructions of the road and pavements, including verges, where no other parking restrictions are in force. Parking on footways and pavements
Unauthorised vendors/traders: A Street Trading Consent is required for anyone who is proposing to offer goods for sale from a permanent venue. please contact us to report problems.
Blocking "Rights of Way": The Council has powers to deal with a range of nuisance issues, including obstruction of the highway and public rights of way. please contact us to report a problem.
Under the Highways Act 1980 it's necessary for anyone wishing to carry out certain functions (including those listed above) on the highway to first get written permission to do so from the Council. This is usually in the some form of licence, permit or consent form and in some cases a fee will be payable. please see our Highways Licences page for further information.
If a person without lawful authority or excuse in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway, they are guilty of an offence. In such cases the Highway Authority has legal powers to enforce their removal.
A magistrate's court can impose a maximum fine of £1,000 for anyone convicted of wilfully obstructing the highway.