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Call for action on commuter parking
A hike in charges at a station car park has led to commuters clogging up a residential street, it is claimed.
People living in Allnuts Road, Epping, say drivers using the nearby Tube station are parking on pavements and leaving little space for residents.
They believe people who live in the street are entitled to park close to their homes and have arranged a meeting with MP Eleanor Laing to raise their concerns.
Alex Sheehy, 37,said: “[Commuters] don’t care about how they park. Sometimes there’s no space to get past on the pavement.”
“The way they park their cars is irresponsible because it wouldn’t be possible to get emergency vehicles down the road.”
A recent increase in station car park charges means commuters now have to pay £6 a day.
This has led to an increase on cars parked in various streets nearby as people try to save money.
Shanhaz Javid, 57, runs Allnutts Store and agrees action should be taken to solve the problem.
He said: “One [commuter] said it’s £6 a day at the station and she can’t afford it, but that’s not our problem.
“Some people have been given tickets while taking their shopping in because they have to park so far away and have to make two or three trips with young children.”
Allnuts Road resident Lucy Jenkins, 37, wants to see restrictions introduced to ensure residents can park close to their homes.
She said: “We think a three-hour limit is best so people can park outside the shop and the play school, but not all day.”
Allnutts Road residents will meet with Eleanor Laing next Friday at midday along with affected motorists from nearby Charles Street, Crossing Road and Warren Field. The Guardian is awaiting comment from the North Essex Parking Partnership, which deals with parking in the area.
The meeting with Eleanor Laing is due to take place next Friday.
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