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The council has offered the wrong solution according to residents battling for permit scheme in Epping
Roads close to a Tube station are being treated like an “extended car park” by commuters dodging rising car parking fees, it is claimed.
From the early hours commuters are abandoning their cars in Epping and walking to the station, according to frustrated residents.
Now, as many roads in the town have received parking permit schemes, the few without them are said to be bearing the brunt of the problem.
Wendy Cockbill, 40, lives in Centre Avenue and says that people living in the road desperately need the problem to be solved.
She said: “They start arriving from 6.30am and then there is nowhere to park for residents. People get their cars blocked in and you can’t even get close to your house.
“We’ve had enough.
“Some commuters have been really aggressive when I’ve asked them to stop parking here.”
Every inch of the road is being taken up, according to Norman Hurford, 71, who says that commuters park so close to his car that he cannot get his disabled partner’s wheelchair out of the boot.
He said: “In the past we’ve had to park a long way away and I’ve had to help my disabled partner back.
“We should be able to park in our own street.”
Les Gibbons, 82, agreed.
He said: “Sometimes you come along and you can’t even unload your shopping. It’s too much.”
During the summer Epping Forest District Council began digging up an area of green in Centre Avenue, stating that they would solve the problem by adding 12 extra parking bays.
Despite leaving a crater in the green space the work was halted and now they are waiting for a planning application to go through before they continue.
Residents of the road, however, say that the last thing they need is more spaces for commuters to fill.
According to Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Whitehouse, the road is on a list to be considered for a parking permit scheme with the North Essex Parking Partnership.
The NEPP has been asked to comment on their plans for the road.
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