Desperate parking: please share your stories and photos

The lack of resident controls brings hundreds of extra cars to our area daily, all desperate to find a space. This leads to very poor, even dangerous parking.

Car parked over Cormont / Brief junction
Car parked over Cormont / Brief junction (the blue car is actually parked, it is not moving)

The junction of Calais and Cormont is a particular problem. Cars park very close to the junction which creates visibility problems for drivers, and often blocks access to the road entirely as vehicles park too close to the traffic island to allow others to pass.

A car has parked over the dropped kerb and too closely to the traffic island on the corner of Calais / Cormont.
A car has parked over the dropped kerb and too closely to the traffic island on the corner of Calais / Cormont.

This leads to vehicles mounting the traffic island or passing on the wrong side of the road.

Vehicles park over the dropped kerb on Cormont which is supposed to enable wheelchair and pushchair users to access Myatts Field. With no parking attendants monitoring, there is nothing we can do.

We frequently have large vehicles on our small roads due to the construction works on Calais St, the renovations on Cormont and Council vehicles.  At the beginning of July the Bin Lorry got STUCK near the junction of Calais / Langton due to close parking.  This caused chaos, with over 100 cars caught up in tailbacks and doing three point turns in the road.

The Bin Lorry gets stuck causing traffic mayhem.
The Bin Lorry gets stuck causing traffic mayhem.

Even residents with off-road parking can be affected, with vehicles parked over the restricted space outside their drives.

Drivers park over restrictions.
Drivers park over restrictions.
Even those with off-street parking are suffering.
Even those with off-street parking are suffering.

Many of us have had experience of going to use our car and discovering that people have parked so closely it is impossible to get out.

Cars parked bumper to bumper on Calais Street 08/08/14
Cars parked bumper to bumper on Calais Street 08/08/14

 

The only way to solve this problem and bring order and safety back to our roads is to implement a CPZ as quickly as possible.

Parking on Cormont Road 8/8/14 photo by Brett
Parking on Cormont Road 8/8/14 photo by Brett
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Parking over Calais / Cormont Junction 27/07/14 Photo by Brett
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Bumper to bumper on Cormont. Photo by Brett.

 

One thought on “Desperate parking: please share your stories and photos”

  1. I personally do not live on these particular roads although i do live within close vicinity (on a no parking restrictions road) and i have seen and even experienced the difficulties of maneuvering down these roads.
    However, the council, in my opinion have a way of them taking on board the views of the resident and they go double yellow line crazy. Now this may not necessarily relate to me right now but i can already see the knock on effect this will cause to the road i live on. And i must say, that paying £200 to park your car outside your house is now the total other end of the spectrum…i guess what I’m saying is make the residents permits free in addition to giving one or two visitors permits. We shouldnt suffer as a cause of commuters parking on our free roads.

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