Anger as Laindon parking scheme is shelved

Angry – people in Crosse Court, Laindon, whose parking scheme has been shelved

Angry – people in Crosse Court, Laindon, whose parking scheme has been shelved

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FURIOUS residents are demanding answers after they were given permission to set up their own parking permit scheme, only for it to be pulled at the last minute.

About 125 residents of Crosse Courts, Laindon, have been fighting for restrictions to be introduced to stop commuters parking outside their homes for five years.

Most evenings they have to wait for more than half-an-hour to find a parking space, as commuters come back from nearby Laindon train station.

Earlier this year they had a breakthrough after Lovell, the development company which owns the road – as it has not been adopted by the county council – gave them permission to set up their own parking permits.

Residents would pay £5 a year to secure their parking space, with any commuters who used them being fined up to £100.

Resident Keith Guttridge, 37, was ready to sign the contract on his neighbours’ behalf when things changed.

The deal fell through earlier this week when the company got back in touch to say the person who had authorised it within the firmdid not have the power to do so.

Mr Guttridge said: “We have just been neglected from the start.

“We were willing to set up our own initiative and had everything in place and now they have said no.

“We want to know why they have revoked permission, what action is being taken against the person who did give us permission and we are asking them for costs incurred for us setting this up.”

Crosse Courts is one of several roads surrounding Laindon train station to face problems from commuters.

Many train-users clog up the roads and do not collect their cars until well after 6pm – leaving residents with nowhere to park.

Crosse Courts was set to have two authorised residents patrolling the street to fine any unauthorised parking – which would have been legally enforced by the British Parking Association.

Any money raised by fines would have been spent on administrative costs, paperwork and would be pumped back into the scheme. Following Lovell’s decision to revoke permission, Mr Guttridge said theywere now considering suing the company for breaching their human rights.

He added: “It would be under the right of enjoyment of our properties.

“We can’t even park outside our own homes.”

A spokesman for Lovell said they understood residents’ frustrations with parking and were investigating their complaints.

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5:10pm Mon 5 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I often park there, its nice and close to the station, and its free.
I often park there, its nice and close to the station, and its free. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

5:15pm Mon 5 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

What a bunch of sad losers. They want to act like jumped up little Hitler's. Get a life you sad little people. And what bit of your Human Rights has been breached? Acting like fascists and penalising motorists?
What a bunch of sad losers. They want to act like jumped up little Hitler's. Get a life you sad little people. And what bit of your Human Rights has been breached? Acting like fascists and penalising motorists? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 3

5:25pm Mon 5 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I too park up there, handy for the station, even better as it is free.
I too park up there, handy for the station, even better as it is free. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Mon 5 May 14

Nebs says...

Nice of the residents to give out the address of the free parking in the local paper.
Nice of the residents to give out the address of the free parking in the local paper. Nebs
  • Score: 10

5:35pm Mon 5 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

This is how Hitler started.
This is how Hitler started. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

5:37pm Mon 5 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nebs wrote:
Nice of the residents to give out the address of the free parking in the local paper.
Oh yes, its been the talk of the carriage on C2C, as people now drive to this area, park up and catch the train, free parking yippety yippety yey...
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice of the residents to give out the address of the free parking in the local paper.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, its been the talk of the carriage on C2C, as people now drive to this area, park up and catch the train, free parking yippety yippety yey... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Mon 5 May 14

the25man says...

If it's a private road they can put up a lockable gate with keys for the residents only. Don't ask Lovell's just do it then let Lovell's do the chasing to remove the gate if they are that interested.
If it's a private road they can put up a lockable gate with keys for the residents only. Don't ask Lovell's just do it then let Lovell's do the chasing to remove the gate if they are that interested. the25man
  • Score: 6

5:40pm Mon 5 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Before they smartened up that section of the notorious Alcatraz aka Five Links commuterswouldn't have dared leave their cars there all day. Back then even the pay car park wasn't safe.

What price progress eh?
Before they smartened up that section of the notorious Alcatraz aka Five Links commuterswouldn't have dared leave their cars there all day. Back then even the pay car park wasn't safe. What price progress eh? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 12

5:43pm Mon 5 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

the25man wrote:
If it's a private road they can put up a lockable gate with keys for the residents only. Don't ask Lovell's just do it then let Lovell's do the chasing to remove the gate if they are that interested.
If that happens I'll have to fit one of my own locks to it...
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: If it's a private road they can put up a lockable gate with keys for the residents only. Don't ask Lovell's just do it then let Lovell's do the chasing to remove the gate if they are that interested.[/p][/quote]If that happens I'll have to fit one of my own locks to it... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

5:51pm Mon 5 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
This is how Hitler started.
Started what ?
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is how Hitler started.[/p][/quote]Started what ? VeteranOfMany
  • Score: -2

5:57pm Mon 5 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

I pay my 'Road Tax' I will park where I want!
I pay my 'Road Tax' I will park where I want! Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Mon 5 May 14

the25man says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
I pay my 'Road Tax' I will park where I want!
If everybody thought that way how would you feel about me parking on your drive or front lawn even though it's private land cos that's what you are saying
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: I pay my 'Road Tax' I will park where I want![/p][/quote]If everybody thought that way how would you feel about me parking on your drive or front lawn even though it's private land cos that's what you are saying the25man
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Mon 5 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Notice that it's just old people moaning, because they don't work and got nothing better to do. Maybe if they got out more, when they come back the commuters may be gone. And its not 'their' road just because their house is down it. People can park where they like. Don't like it, tough sh!t.
Notice that it's just old people moaning, because they don't work and got nothing better to do. Maybe if they got out more, when they come back the commuters may be gone. And its not 'their' road just because their house is down it. People can park where they like. Don't like it, tough sh!t. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Mon 5 May 14

abd123 says...

They will have some difficulty using human rights. It is only actionable against public authorities.
They will have some difficulty using human rights. It is only actionable against public authorities. abd123
  • Score: 5

6:51pm Mon 5 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
poortaxpayer wrote:
This is how Hitler started.
Started what ?
Controlled parking areas.
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is how Hitler started.[/p][/quote]Started what ?[/p][/quote]Controlled parking areas. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 6

10:14am Tue 6 May 14

Chris Flunk says...

"About 125 residents of Crosse Courts, Laindon, have been fighting for restrictions to be introduced to stop commuters parking outside their homes for five years."

Why would you want to park somewhere for five years? Surely it's cheaper to put the vehicle off the road and save on the road tax.
"About 125 residents of Crosse Courts, Laindon, have been fighting for restrictions to be introduced to stop commuters parking outside their homes for five years." Why would you want to park somewhere for five years? Surely it's cheaper to put the vehicle off the road and save on the road tax. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Tue 6 May 14

leslog says...

you should be able to park your car close to your home its not for commuters who should be provided with car spaces near to the station by the rail company
you should be able to park your car close to your home its not for commuters who should be provided with car spaces near to the station by the rail company leslog
  • Score: -4

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