Woodford Bridge company 'victimised' over car park petition

Chigwell Motors have hit back at a petition of businesses against the change in the use of a car park

Chigwell Motors have hit back at a petition of businesses against the change in the use of a car park

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A motor company whose bid to take over a car park has been met with opposition from neighbouring businesses claims it is being unfairly victimised.

Chigwell Motors, in Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, has applied for permission to store vehicles at the leased site, but other traders say their customers will have nowhere to park and profits will be hit.

A petition signed by more than 500 people has been submitted to Redbridge Council opposing the application.

But Reece Khan, communications director at Chigwell Motors, said the company had stopped people taking drugs in the car park and other anti-social behaviour.

He said: “This car park was closed and empty before, there was a real problem of anti-social behaviour and drugs being used here, so by taking over the site that has stopped.

“We cleared out the car park with the backing of local residents. It was a considerable expense, with many needles and broken bottles on the site.

“The company are being unfairly victimised. If the application does not go through then this criminal activity could start again.

“We are just another business trying to generate an income. We have a good reputation in the area, we pay our taxes and employ local people.

Redbridge Council is due to make a decision on the application on Monday.

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2:40pm Fri 28 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

It's illegal occupation of a car park - with the usual display of incompetence by Redbridge Planning Department.
It's illegal occupation of a car park - with the usual display of incompetence by Redbridge Planning Department. MorrisHickey
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5:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jackblack007 says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
It's illegal occupation of a car park - with the usual display of incompetence by Redbridge Planning Department.
do you ever have anything good to say about LBR , every post you make just hints of bitterness .
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: It's illegal occupation of a car park - with the usual display of incompetence by Redbridge Planning Department.[/p][/quote]do you ever have anything good to say about LBR , every post you make just hints of bitterness . jackblack007
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5:45pm Fri 28 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

jackblack007 wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
It's illegal occupation of a car park - with the usual display of incompetence by Redbridge Planning Department.
do you ever have anything good to say about LBR , every post you make just hints of bitterness .
This was reported to Redbridge Council on 21 August 2013. No reply was received and a reminder sent on 6 November that was acknowledged the same day. No substantive response was received, and a further reminder sent on 17 January that was not acknowledged until 27 January. A full reply was sent on 30 January - more than 5 months after the original inquiry.

If that is not gross incompetence then I do not know what it is.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: It's illegal occupation of a car park - with the usual display of incompetence by Redbridge Planning Department.[/p][/quote]do you ever have anything good to say about LBR , every post you make just hints of bitterness .[/p][/quote]This was reported to Redbridge Council on 21 August 2013. No reply was received and a reminder sent on 6 November that was acknowledged the same day. No substantive response was received, and a further reminder sent on 17 January that was not acknowledged until 27 January. A full reply was sent on 30 January - more than 5 months after the original inquiry. If that is not gross incompetence then I do not know what it is. MorrisHickey
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8:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

COUGHY says...

We locals used to have the use of both car parks. It disabled bays as well. Also a trolley area for when you finished shopping. Till the access was denied to local residents and shoppers. Now we have no proper parking for shopping at all. Every time you walk down the little bit of pavement to the car park you get sprayed by them washing cars. They use what parking is left in the other parking areas as well. Now we have no disabled parking at all at the rear of our local shops. This alone has to be illegal. Another council back hander. I wonder.
We locals used to have the use of both car parks. It disabled bays as well. Also a trolley area for when you finished shopping. Till the access was denied to local residents and shoppers. Now we have no proper parking for shopping at all. Every time you walk down the little bit of pavement to the car park you get sprayed by them washing cars. They use what parking is left in the other parking areas as well. Now we have no disabled parking at all at the rear of our local shops. This alone has to be illegal. Another council back hander. I wonder. COUGHY
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9:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

COUGHY says...

Also the supermarket were told it was dangerous because of trees. The elderly are now unable to walk to whatever parking is available. Try using this area when the delivery lorries turn up. It seems this was set up on purpose so they could allow an unwanted car dealers in a domestic shopping area. Seems to me Roding Lane North would have been great. Oops new housing estate on it's way.
Also the supermarket were told it was dangerous because of trees. The elderly are now unable to walk to whatever parking is available. Try using this area when the delivery lorries turn up. It seems this was set up on purpose so they could allow an unwanted car dealers in a domestic shopping area. Seems to me Roding Lane North would have been great. Oops new housing estate on it's way. COUGHY
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