Long-awaited Epping parking review draws to a close - with Buckhurst Hill and Loughton Broadway

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Sunnyside Road residents Ray Redgwell, Olive Freshwater and Alan Rofe. Sunnyside Road residents Ray Redgwell, Olive Freshwater and Alan Rofe.

AFTER nearly a decade and more than a million pounds, the first of three long-awaited town parking reviews is finally drawing to a close.

Under pressure from neighbours in streets clogged by commuters, Essex County Council launched a review of parking restrictions in Epping, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton Broadway in 2003.

Restrictions were initially introduced in Epping and Buckhurst Hill in 2007, but a follow-up consultation revealed so many residents were unhappy with the changes that the council went back to the drawing board.

The Epping review is now nearly finished - but district council officers have told members 'important lessons' should be learnt before work starts on the Buckhurst Hill scheme.

A report due to go before cabinet members on Monday December 3 proposes targeting specific trouble spots, rather than a broad area.

It says: "Experience has shown that it is far easier to obtain consensus around local targeted schemes.

"If such an approach is considered then the parking review would address specific issues, for example: double yellow lines at junctions where inconsiderate parking is taking place or where there is a perceived safety issue, introduce resident parking zones in a street where there is a major problem and where the majority of residents are in support etc."

Sunnyside Road in Epping was among those streets selected for restrictions - but residents say their new permit scheme was forced on them despite most homeowners objecting.

Olive Freshwater, 80, said the parking bays had limited spaces, making it impossible for visitors to park.

"It's made it worse. There aren't enough for residents. I rent a garage which I'm paying £500 for," she said.

"It was inconvenient, people from the station coming, but when they went home there were spaces and we could get more cars in."

Barry Johnston, 64, lives in Torrington Gardens, close to Debden tube station.

He said: "Through the council's wisdom, Debden is going to be last - I'm hoping some time next year.

"It's still chaos. It's still as bad as it's always been."

He welcomed a council move to target the review at specific problem streets.

"There's only certain roads that are really badly affected. To do a blanket thing may be a waste of time and money."

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5:37pm Fri 23 Nov 12

BelieveBJ says...

This year, council workers turned up where we live in Epping ....nowhere near the station, or schools, and having NEVER had parking issues, and put double yellow lines on random corners , including where we live...
The RESULT, has been appalling.
We now, do not have enough parking for the homes in our cul de sac, in fact last week, my friends could not park anywhere near us, and went home!
Who decided to make our lives so difficult?
We have NEVER had emergency vehichles NOT been able to get in our cul de sac, or the dust cart!
The council gave that as a reason for the lines when we asked them!
The facts are, we are now short of five spaces due to two sets of double yellow lines!
This has made a tension between neighbours, who always got along fine.
We have contacted the council endlessly, and get constantly palmed of!
We will keep asking for these lines to be removed, BUT who listens to US, the residents who live here! NO ONE!
What a shame, that they did this ridiculous thing.....
And what a WASTE of money!
This year, council workers turned up where we live in Epping ....nowhere near the station, or schools, and having NEVER had parking issues, and put double yellow lines on random corners , including where we live... The RESULT, has been appalling. We now, do not have enough parking for the homes in our cul de sac, in fact last week, my friends could not park anywhere near us, and went home! Who decided to make our lives so difficult? We have NEVER had emergency vehichles NOT been able to get in our cul de sac, or the dust cart! The council gave that as a reason for the lines when we asked them! The facts are, we are now short of five spaces due to two sets of double yellow lines! This has made a tension between neighbours, who always got along fine. We have contacted the council endlessly, and get constantly palmed of! We will keep asking for these lines to be removed, BUT who listens to US, the residents who live here! NO ONE! What a shame, that they did this ridiculous thing..... And what a WASTE of money! BelieveBJ
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10:49pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Miss Magoo says...

I live in Loughton and many many years ago received (along with all my neighbours) a questionnaire from EFDC regards how many cars in my household as a parking review was taking place, this despite there being no problems with parking in my street.

Several months later, the parking review arrived - my section of road has about 12 properties (before it breaks for a junction) and all require a parking space, yet the council in their wisdom allocated about 4 spaces for us to squabble over.

Thankfully this plan was shelved but I do worry it may re-open at some point in the future.
I live in Loughton and many many years ago received (along with all my neighbours) a questionnaire from EFDC regards how many cars in my household as a parking review was taking place, this despite there being no problems with parking in my street. Several months later, the parking review arrived - my section of road has about 12 properties (before it breaks for a junction) and all require a parking space, yet the council in their wisdom allocated about 4 spaces for us to squabble over. Thankfully this plan was shelved but I do worry it may re-open at some point in the future. Miss Magoo
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