Shops and residents complain about number of contractors’ vehicles in Rectory Grove

Parking problem – Leigh councillor Caroline Parker points to the vans in Rectory Grove

Parking problem – Leigh councillor Caroline Parker points to the vans in Rectory Grove

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BUILDERS have been blamed for clogging up a street and causing chaos for residents and shoppers.

The builders are parking their vans along Rectory Grove, in Leigh, where they are redeveloping the former Cliffsea Cars showroom into a four-storey block of nine flats with shops underneath.

The work started a year ago, but residents say the number of vans parking in the street has been growing in recent weeks.

Caroline Parker, a Leigh town councillor, said: “Residents complained to me about the situation as there are usually about eight to ten vans parked there that are associated with the work, and I counted 14 on one occasion.

“They are taking up parking bays which shoppers use and they have cordoned off parts of the road at times, which leads to traffic as cars have to squeeze through.”

Martyn Titchen, who runs Reliance Coaches of Benfleet, said his drivers had been delayed on occasions because vans connected to the development had been hindering traffic.

Susan Croud, who owns the Champagne accessory shop in the road, said: “I counted 11 vans last week. I can’t see how that many is necessary. It seems excessive and customers have mentioned they haven’t been able to park.”

A spokesman for the contractor, RJ Hill, of Benfleet, disputed the number of vans parked in the street.

He said: “We are thankful for the co-operation of the people who have used the road in what has been a difficult situation in terms of parking. Thankfully, things are nearing completion with only a few weeks to go.

“What we are doing down the road is with the permission of Southend Council, which has allowed us to have different parking arrangements.”

A council spokesman said the builders had initially been given special dispensation to park vans without restriction when the work started, but the vans were now subject to the same one-hour maximum stay as everyone else.

Resurfacing work has been carried out in the road recently, but the council has been unable to repaint lines for the parking bays due to the traffic problem.

A council spokesman added: “We have had complaints about vans not adhering to the restrictions and have increased patrols.

“Vans have also been ticketed there on a number of occasions.”

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9:21am Mon 16 Jan 12

Nebs says...

If they have paid their road tax and are parking legally then what is the problem? If they are parking illegally then they will get a ticket just like everyone else.
If they have paid their road tax and are parking legally then what is the problem? If they are parking illegally then they will get a ticket just like everyone else. Nebs
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9:47am Mon 16 Jan 12

DCLEIGH says...

Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else.
Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows.
I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.
Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else. Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows. I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes. DCLEIGH
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12:40pm Mon 16 Jan 12

PJR121 says...

I would think the bit of road cordoned off is for safety of workers - and vans parking in there adds to that safety. The cordon must have been in place before the vans turned up surely?

Can't really see a problem in that photo to be honest
I would think the bit of road cordoned off is for safety of workers - and vans parking in there adds to that safety. The cordon must have been in place before the vans turned up surely? Can't really see a problem in that photo to be honest PJR121
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1:31pm Mon 16 Jan 12

Leighdweller says...

Nebs wrote:
If they have paid their road tax and are parking legally then what is the problem? If they are parking illegally then they will get a ticket just like everyone else.
I agree. They're damned if they do, and damned if they don't!

If only one bloke turned up each day they would soon be criticised for taking too long, whereas lots of people turn up to get the job and they criticised for parking their vans.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: If they have paid their road tax and are parking legally then what is the problem? If they are parking illegally then they will get a ticket just like everyone else.[/p][/quote]I agree. They're damned if they do, and damned if they don't! If only one bloke turned up each day they would soon be criticised for taking too long, whereas lots of people turn up to get the job and they criticised for parking their vans. Leighdweller
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2:02pm Mon 16 Jan 12

SuperFly Ty says...

Leigh people make me sick.Who do they think they are.What next,they complain about ambulances or fire wngines blocking the roads.I have never known such a bunch of thoughtless self-obsessed morons in all my life.Just goes to show money cant buy you common sense or the ability to pull your head out your own a*s
Leigh people make me sick.Who do they think they are.What next,they complain about ambulances or fire wngines blocking the roads.I have never known such a bunch of thoughtless self-obsessed morons in all my life.Just goes to show money cant buy you common sense or the ability to pull your head out your own a*s SuperFly Ty
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2:09pm Mon 16 Jan 12

SuperFly Ty says...

Would they be complaining of it was Porches and Ferraris blocking the roads...ummm..Nope!
Would they be complaining of it was Porches and Ferraris blocking the roads...ummm..Nope! SuperFly Ty
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3:59pm Mon 16 Jan 12

Leighdweller says...

SuperFly Ty wrote:
Would they be complaining of it was Porches and Ferraris blocking the roads...ummm..Nope!
I would be if it blocked in my Maybach!
[quote][p][bold]SuperFly Ty[/bold] wrote: Would they be complaining of it was Porches and Ferraris blocking the roads...ummm..Nope![/p][/quote]I would be if it blocked in my Maybach! Leighdweller
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7:28pm Wed 18 Jan 12

APR says...

Where else are they supposed to park ?
Where else are they supposed to park ? APR
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8:26pm Wed 18 Jan 12

termite1944 says...

Coming from Leigh council nothing surprises me!
Men have to work, they have to get what they need to a site.
If Leigh is not clogged up with vans it is clogged up with shoppers cars ... get a life you stupid group of idiots and do something really worthwhile for the folk of Leigh!
Coming from Leigh council nothing surprises me! Men have to work, they have to get what they need to a site. If Leigh is not clogged up with vans it is clogged up with shoppers cars ... get a life you stupid group of idiots and do something really worthwhile for the folk of Leigh! termite1944
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6:51pm Fri 20 Jan 12

termite1944 says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else.
Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows.
I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.
Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining!

Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity.

It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know!
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else. Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows. I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining! Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity. It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know! termite1944
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6:51pm Fri 20 Jan 12

termite1944 says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else.
Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows.
I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.
Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining!

Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity.

It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know!
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else. Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows. I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining! Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity. It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know! termite1944
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6:51pm Fri 20 Jan 12

termite1944 says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else.
Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows.
I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.
Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining!

Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity.

It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know!
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else. Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows. I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining! Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity. It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know! termite1944
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6:51pm Fri 20 Jan 12

termite1944 says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else.
Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows.
I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.
Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining!

Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity.

It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know!
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else. Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows. I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining! Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity. It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know! termite1944
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10:09am Sat 21 Jan 12

DCLEIGH says...

termite1944 wrote:
DCLEIGH wrote:
Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else.
Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows.
I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.
Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining!

Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity.

It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know!
Dear termite,
Leaving aside the rotten software that posted your response 4 times.
.
Were you agreeing with my sarcasm ?
or had you read it as a suportive posting for useless "politicians".

I'd Hate to assume.
[quote][p][bold]termite1944[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Ho reckless of the builders to use VANS to transport men and equipment....Why can't they use Horses like everyone else. Furthermore, what the heck do they think they are doing...finishing a job. Why can't they just make do and go away. I'm sure they'd be called back eventually to shore up any crumbling walls or broken windows. I, for one, really appeciate "councillor" Caroline Parker's sensible and courageous approach to this nightmare. Not many populist politicians these days would risk life and limb to stand in the street, arm outstretched, pointing to a line of 2 or 3 vans in the vain hope that people might take this as public spirited rather than grasping for votes.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I live in Leigh and I am not complaining! Leigh council do sad all fro the folk of Leigh other than belly aches at every given opportunity. It is time they were sent packing, we pay our council tax to toughened so we really don't needs this bunch of pompous prats speaking fro folk they don't even know![/p][/quote]Dear termite, Leaving aside the rotten software that posted your response 4 times. . Were you agreeing with my sarcasm ? or had you read it as a suportive posting for useless "politicians". I'd Hate to assume. DCLEIGH
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7:40pm Wed 25 Jan 12

Ivanna Goodhump says...

You wait till the buildings finished. These are the flats that our wonderful council allowed to be built with no off road parking so the problem will never go away.
You wait till the buildings finished. These are the flats that our wonderful council allowed to be built with no off road parking so the problem will never go away. Ivanna Goodhump
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12:39pm Thu 26 Jan 12

DCLEIGH says...

As I passed the flats yesterday, I realised th reason behind the embarrassing ouburst from this "politico"....

The flats are nearly finished.

Therefore her diatribe will seem to appear as though SHE has been strong and forceful in seeing off these evil buidlers.

God, I hate mini-me councillors.
As I passed the flats yesterday, I realised th reason behind the embarrassing ouburst from this "politico".... The flats are nearly finished. Therefore her diatribe will seem to appear as though SHE has been strong and forceful in seeing off these evil buidlers. God, I hate mini-me councillors. DCLEIGH
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