Southend Airport passengers need new parking spot

Dave Holliday with other residents

Dave Holliday with other residents

First published in Local News by

PASSENGERS heading to Southend Airport may have to find a new place to park as yellow lines are painted on a popular spot.

Drivers will be unable to park in Manners Way, Southend, near Gaynes Park Allotments, between 8am and 6pmas Southend Council tries to prevent airport passengers clogging up the street.

Southend Council is trial ling the waiting restrictions for up to 18 months to see if they help Manner Road residents, who claim they and their visitors cannot park near their homes.

The council has taken action after residents and ward councillors called for restrictions, especially to clear the area near the allotments, off Warners Bridge Chase.

Deputy council leader Ian Gilbert said: “The council is piloting new restrictions on parking on Manners Way. We have listened to residents, who have notified us of an increase in incidents of airport-users parking on the highway for periods of days or weeks, restricting their ability to park nearby.

“The new restrictions will come in place only once the new lines have been painted, which we hope to be by the end of the week. As such, no fines will be given to any cars currently parked on the highway.

“If successful, the trial could be made permanent in future and hopefully resolve an area of increasing concern for the local community.”

Despite the council action, those living in roads off Manners Way, including Sherbourne Gardens, Oaken Grange Drive, Thornford Gardens, Derek Gardens, Alton Gardens and Warners Bridge Chase, fear the parking woes will be pushed on to their doorstep.

Dave Holliday, 81, of Sherbourne Gardens, Southend, said: “It’s a good idea, but then it’s just going to push the traffic into the side roads.

“We’re congested in our roads.

“I can keep my car off the road, but if we have visitors, where are we going to put their cars?”

Workmen, who are having to work around cars already parked in the street, hope to complete the lines by the end of this week.

No parking tickets will be issued until the work is completed.

Mark Flewitt, Conservative councillor for St Laurence, said: “I’m very pleased with the council.

“The other two ward councillors are equally in favour because we have got to take some action to see if it makes a difference for the experimental period.

“I can understand other residents want them too, but we need to be able to justify a case for them.”

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8:03am Fri 22 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Aw diddums... so they'll have to walk then. Poor dears.
Aw diddums... so they'll have to walk then. Poor dears. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

8:30am Fri 22 Aug 14

andy:) says...

So the local residents wont be able to park there either ?
So the local residents wont be able to park there either ? andy:)
  • Score: 5

8:39am Fri 22 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

Is it Manners Way or Manner Road Echo? Make your mind up.
Is it Manners Way or Manner Road Echo? Make your mind up. cropped hero
  • Score: 2

10:00am Fri 22 Aug 14

Thames Gateway says...

Roads are primarily for providing through routes and access, not for providing adequate parking on for all residents and airport customers.
Roads are primarily for providing through routes and access, not for providing adequate parking on for all residents and airport customers. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 0

10:19am Fri 22 Aug 14

Eastwoodian says...

Thames Gateway wrote:
Roads are primarily for providing through routes and access, not for providing adequate parking on for all residents and airport customers.
Given that a large percentage of dwellings do not offer off-street parking facilities, where do you suggest residents park their vehicles ?
[quote][p][bold]Thames Gateway[/bold] wrote: Roads are primarily for providing through routes and access, not for providing adequate parking on for all residents and airport customers.[/p][/quote]Given that a large percentage of dwellings do not offer off-street parking facilities, where do you suggest residents park their vehicles ? Eastwoodian
  • Score: 9

11:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Once the hospital has 'Free Parking' it will be great for people flying out of Southend.
Once the hospital has 'Free Parking' it will be great for people flying out of Southend. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Cockle says...

On the face of it, it initially looks like a good idea but have the residents effected realised that it also applies to them? Means they will now have to get their cars moved by 8am either to work or one of the surrounding streets not in the scheme, which will increase the parking pressure on their neighbouring streets. They also won't be able to return home before 6pm, unless they again park in neighbouring streets and then move them afterwards. The restrictions being applied mean that NOBODY can park there not just airport users.
If the target was long term airport parkers they would have been far better off with either residents permits or a one hour restriction, say 11-12 every day, the one hour restriction being easily enforceable by a CEO paying a visit during that hour once a day.
On the face of it, it initially looks like a good idea but have the residents effected realised that it also applies to them? Means they will now have to get their cars moved by 8am either to work or one of the surrounding streets not in the scheme, which will increase the parking pressure on their neighbouring streets. They also won't be able to return home before 6pm, unless they again park in neighbouring streets and then move them afterwards. The restrictions being applied mean that NOBODY can park there not just airport users. If the target was long term airport parkers they would have been far better off with either residents permits or a one hour restriction, say 11-12 every day, the one hour restriction being easily enforceable by a CEO paying a visit during that hour once a day. Cockle
  • Score: 9

6:34pm Fri 22 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

I thought that the airport was buying the shopping centre for more car parking space and how about the Royal bank of Scotland building, hurry up
I thought that the airport was buying the shopping centre for more car parking space and how about the Royal bank of Scotland building, hurry up CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 5

8:20pm Fri 22 Aug 14

abd123 says...

What is wrong with honest, tax paying airport users parking in a street? I would guess the residents park in other streets as well or do they only ever park in car parks?
What is wrong with honest, tax paying airport users parking in a street? I would guess the residents park in other streets as well or do they only ever park in car parks? abd123
  • Score: 0

12:39am Sat 23 Aug 14

bimpy474 says...

Lived here all my life and there is and has never been any problem with parking, it's just ludicrous. Where the yellow lines are being placed there are no houses and no one other than the airport users park there. The road is wide enough for the few cars that park there, around a dozen at most, honestly whoever has moaned about it are off their trolley.

So again we get moaners, moaning for the sake of it about a problem that doesn't exist, and to solve the non problem, mountains of money will be wasted, again. Brilliant.
Lived here all my life and there is and has never been any problem with parking, it's just ludicrous. Where the yellow lines are being placed there are no houses and no one other than the airport users park there. The road is wide enough for the few cars that park there, around a dozen at most, honestly whoever has moaned about it are off their trolley. So again we get moaners, moaning for the sake of it about a problem that doesn't exist, and to solve the non problem, mountains of money will be wasted, again. Brilliant. bimpy474
  • Score: 10

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