Bid to ban parking by ‘tight-fisted’ workers

Echo: Chaotic – councillors Phil and Pat Rackley by parked cars in Long Riding Chaotic – councillors Phil and Pat Rackley by parked cars in Long Riding

RESIDENTS want parking restrictions along their whole road to stop penny-pinching town centre workers blocking them in.

People in Long Riding, Basildon, are fed up with nonresidents hogging parking spaces outside their homes.

Half of the road, closer to the town centre, already has residents’ parking and there are now calls to introduce the scheme along all of Long Riding.

Residents between the junctions of Southenhay and Priors East have to pay for permits, while those in the rest of the road have to fight for sought after parking spaces.

Jo Johnson, 78, pays £50 a month to rent a garage, but is often unable to use it.

She said: “There is a real problem with parking. We have a garage, but nine times out of ten we can’t get our car in or out because people are blocking us in.

“When people come to visit us, they have an absolute nightmare getting parked.

“A lot of people work in the town centre, but rather than pay to use the car parks they use the roads instead.

“Most families have two or three cars and the town wasn’t designed for that.”

Neighbour Erin Dimmock, 31, extended her driveway so it would take two cars.

She said: “We made the driveway bigger so we didn’t have to park on the road. For people who don’t have a driveway, I know it’s a real issue.

“Now it is a problem because parked cars are in our way when we try to reverse off the drive, so it can be really annoying.

“Permits or restrictions would stop people who aren’t residents parking on the road, so it would be a big improvement.”

Phil and Pat Rackley, Independent Labour councillors for St Martins ward, are calling on the South Essex Parking Partnership to roll out the permit scheme along the length of Long Riding.

Mrs Rackley said: “Parking is a nightmare for residents.

Something needs to be done.

“It seems silly having a residents’ parking scheme for one half of the road, but not the other.

“I’m sure it has made things worse for those who don’t live in the permit zone.”

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4:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Druggie Scumbag says...

The problem with permit parking is that it really only displaces the problem- this is a good example. The "Tight-fisted workers" (please note the word "workers") referred to in the headline have just as much right to park in Long Riding as the residents do and I think most people understand this. There is one possible solution and that is the provision of nominal cost or even free parking provided by the council closer to the town centre. I imagine the council's response would show who the "Tight-fisted" really are.
The problem with permit parking is that it really only displaces the problem- this is a good example. The "Tight-fisted workers" (please note the word "workers") referred to in the headline have just as much right to park in Long Riding as the residents do and I think most people understand this. There is one possible solution and that is the provision of nominal cost or even free parking provided by the council closer to the town centre. I imagine the council's response would show who the "Tight-fisted" really are. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Feminism is Dead says...

I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like. Feminism is Dead
  • Score: -11

5:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
Make it private parking for residents only, on condition that residents take on the responsibility of paying for all the maintenance of the road.
[quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]Make it private parking for residents only, on condition that residents take on the responsibility of paying for all the maintenance of the road. Nebs
  • Score: -4

8:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

_Lotus_ says...

Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
Not if you block somebody's car in and stop them getting out of their drive or garage.

There was a similar story a few weeks back regarding a similar problem in a road in Southend.

If someone parks their car and blocks your in when it is on your driveway or garage, you can get the police involved and their will get it moved.

People should start utilising this, perhaps them something will get done.
[quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]Not if you block somebody's car in and stop them getting out of their drive or garage. There was a similar story a few weeks back regarding a similar problem in a road in Southend. If someone parks their car and blocks your in when it is on your driveway or garage, you can get the police involved and their will get it moved. People should start utilising this, perhaps them something will get done. _Lotus_
  • Score: 21

8:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Eric the Red says...

Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
There is no such thing as 'road tax'..............an
d ther hasen't been since 1937, it's Excise Duty - same as on fags and booze. Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.
[quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as 'road tax'..............an d ther hasen't been since 1937, it's Excise Duty - same as on fags and booze. Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax. Eric the Red
  • Score: -15

9:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
There is no such thing as 'road tax'..............an

d ther hasen't been since 1937, it's Excise Duty - same as on fags and booze. Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.
Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.

So as longs as it's a legal space, you can park where you like
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as 'road tax'..............an d ther hasen't been since 1937, it's Excise Duty - same as on fags and booze. Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.[/p][/quote]Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax. So as longs as it's a legal space, you can park where you like stopmoaning1
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9:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
There is no such thing as 'road tax'..............an

d ther hasen't been since 1937, it's Excise Duty - same as on fags and booze. Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.
Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.

So as longs as it's a legal space, you can park where you like
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as 'road tax'..............an d ther hasen't been since 1937, it's Excise Duty - same as on fags and booze. Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax.[/p][/quote]Roads are paid for out general taxation and council tax. So as longs as it's a legal space, you can park where you like stopmoaning1
  • Score: -6

10:53am Fri 10 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Just drive an old skip lorry down there, mind the wing mirrors...oops.
Just drive an old skip lorry down there, mind the wing mirrors...oops. LastLaugh2
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

There's a nice big unused carpark on Laindon Link down by Roundacre Roundabout. Maybe the Council could reopen that......
There's a nice big unused carpark on Laindon Link down by Roundacre Roundabout. Maybe the Council could reopen that...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

5:19pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

How funny a road full of social housing and their complaining about people who do go to work! stopping these spongers parking outside their/council houses so when they get back from signing on. Ahhh pity! Lol
How funny a road full of social housing and their complaining about people who do go to work! stopping these spongers parking outside their/council houses so when they get back from signing on. Ahhh pity! Lol Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -9

8:45pm Fri 10 Jan 14

runwellian says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
Not if you block somebody's car in and stop them getting out of their drive or garage.

There was a similar story a few weeks back regarding a similar problem in a road in Southend.

If someone parks their car and blocks your in when it is on your driveway or garage, you can get the police involved and their will get it moved.

People should start utilising this, perhaps them something will get done.
Folk with drives pay extra council tax for having them, so nobody should block a drive way. As for the road, home owners do not own the space outside their home, but you can bet the council will be quick to earn and extra buck or tow by selling permits!

Nobody has the right to park outside their own home, as convenient as that might be, there is no law in the land that gives that right.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]Not if you block somebody's car in and stop them getting out of their drive or garage. There was a similar story a few weeks back regarding a similar problem in a road in Southend. If someone parks their car and blocks your in when it is on your driveway or garage, you can get the police involved and their will get it moved. People should start utilising this, perhaps them something will get done.[/p][/quote]Folk with drives pay extra council tax for having them, so nobody should block a drive way. As for the road, home owners do not own the space outside their home, but you can bet the council will be quick to earn and extra buck or tow by selling permits! Nobody has the right to park outside their own home, as convenient as that might be, there is no law in the land that gives that right. runwellian
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

_Lotus_ says...

runwellian wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
Feminism is Dead wrote:
I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.
Not if you block somebody's car in and stop them getting out of their drive or garage.

There was a similar story a few weeks back regarding a similar problem in a road in Southend.

If someone parks their car and blocks your in when it is on your driveway or garage, you can get the police involved and their will get it moved.

People should start utilising this, perhaps them something will get done.
Folk with drives pay extra council tax for having them, so nobody should block a drive way. As for the road, home owners do not own the space outside their home, but you can bet the council will be quick to earn and extra buck or tow by selling permits!

Nobody has the right to park outside their own home, as convenient as that might be, there is no law in the land that gives that right.
This is true, however, when it comes to drives and garages, there are rights when blocking these and this is happening time and time again, it is out of order.

It is quite simple really, if there is a dropped kerb there,, do not park over it, unless it is your own dropped kerb.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feminism is Dead[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression that if you pay your road tax then you can legally park anywhere you like.[/p][/quote]Not if you block somebody's car in and stop them getting out of their drive or garage. There was a similar story a few weeks back regarding a similar problem in a road in Southend. If someone parks their car and blocks your in when it is on your driveway or garage, you can get the police involved and their will get it moved. People should start utilising this, perhaps them something will get done.[/p][/quote]Folk with drives pay extra council tax for having them, so nobody should block a drive way. As for the road, home owners do not own the space outside their home, but you can bet the council will be quick to earn and extra buck or tow by selling permits! Nobody has the right to park outside their own home, as convenient as that might be, there is no law in the land that gives that right.[/p][/quote]This is true, however, when it comes to drives and garages, there are rights when blocking these and this is happening time and time again, it is out of order. It is quite simple really, if there is a dropped kerb there,, do not park over it, unless it is your own dropped kerb. _Lotus_
  • Score: 8

11:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

_Lotus_ says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
How funny a road full of social housing and their complaining about people who do go to work! stopping these spongers parking outside their/council houses so when they get back from signing on. Ahhh pity! Lol
What are you on about??
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: How funny a road full of social housing and their complaining about people who do go to work! stopping these spongers parking outside their/council houses so when they get back from signing on. Ahhh pity! Lol[/p][/quote]What are you on about?? _Lotus_
  • Score: 2

10:30am Sat 11 Jan 14

whataday says...

Druggie Scumbag wrote:
The problem with permit parking is that it really only displaces the problem- this is a good example. The "Tight-fisted workers" (please note the word "workers") referred to in the headline have just as much right to park in Long Riding as the residents do and I think most people understand this. There is one possible solution and that is the provision of nominal cost or even free parking provided by the council closer to the town centre. I imagine the council's response would show who the "Tight-fisted" really are.
Absolutely agree.
All town centres should have free car parking or reliable Park and Ride services. Local shopping areas are dying due to current circumstances - councils should be doing more to make their town centres attractive to prospective customers rather than turning customers away due to exhorbitant parking charges.
[quote][p][bold]Druggie Scumbag[/bold] wrote: The problem with permit parking is that it really only displaces the problem- this is a good example. The "Tight-fisted workers" (please note the word "workers") referred to in the headline have just as much right to park in Long Riding as the residents do and I think most people understand this. There is one possible solution and that is the provision of nominal cost or even free parking provided by the council closer to the town centre. I imagine the council's response would show who the "Tight-fisted" really are.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree. All town centres should have free car parking or reliable Park and Ride services. Local shopping areas are dying due to current circumstances - councils should be doing more to make their town centres attractive to prospective customers rather than turning customers away due to exhorbitant parking charges. whataday
  • Score: 2

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