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Commuters’ cars a blight on Laindon streets
RECKLESS parking around a rail station is putting residents’ safety at risk – according to two councillors.
In recent months, commuters using Laindon station have continued to park on residential streets within walking distance of the station to avoid paying to park.
Their inconsiderate parking has left residents unable to get off driveways, park outside their own homes and has clogged up roads.
John Dornan and Jilly Hyde, Laindon Park Tory ward councillors, are demanding urgent action over the problem before someone gets hurt.
They spoke out after the situation in Durham Road, Laindon, reached crisis point.
Commuters park on both sides of the road, making it difficult for people to pull on to the road from Cumberland Drive.
Parents dropping children at the two nurseries in Durham Road also struggle.
Concerns have been raised that motorists cannot see pedestrians trying to cross, as their view is obscured by parked cars.
Mr Dornan, who raised the problem with Essex County Council, says the authority will not put double-yellow lines in the road as there have been, to date, no serious or fatal crashes there. He has demanded an urgent meeting with the South Essex Parking Partnership over the issue.
He said: “Essex County Council has said the road doesn’t fit the criteria for double yellow lines.
“But why should there have to be a serious accident? This criteria seriously needs reviewing.
“In this day and age we shouldn’t expect people to have a serious accident before something is put in place.”
Mrs Hyde said: “With far too many pen-pushing officers and a lot of bureaucracy and a lack of investment in signs and lines for years, Essex County Council has finally lost sight of what really is needed to ensure the best criteria for parking and enforcement.
“The safety of residents has been totally ignored.”
A spokesperson for the parking partnership said: “Officers will be meeting with councillor John Dornan in two weeks’ time to discuss all of the options to address the parking situation on Durham Road.”
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