LOUGHTON: Police join fight for parking spaces

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Residents Pat Dello, Jo Redman, Ginette Gordon and Judith Woodman in Forest Road Residents Pat Dello, Jo Redman, Ginette Gordon and Judith Woodman in Forest Road

POLICE cars have started adding to the woe of residents who have been demanding the right to park outside their own homes for the last 20 years.

Homeowners in Forest Road, Loughton, have been pleading with the council for resident-only parking bays to give them a fighting chance of finding a space in the face of competition from shoppers and commuters heading for the nearby High Road.

Residents have recently become increasingly aware that staff at the police station in the High Road are joining the struggle for spaces.

Tony Cootes, 86, who has lived in Forest Road for 57 years, said: “We often put a bin out the front to stop people parking outside out house. All of the spaces go first thing, and you often see police parking their cars outside when they start their shift at 6am.”

Another resident who did not want to be named said: “They often take our spaces. Apparently there is a problem with insurance claims if they park outside the station. “They even made us remove our bins when we put them there to keep our spaces.”

Some residents have copies of letters dating back to the 1980s demanding parking restrictions, and a 100 name petition in 2005 failed to produce any effect.

No date has yet been set for a decision on Loughton’s long awaited parking review leaving residents with no immediate prospect of an end to their traffic misery.

Judith Woodman, 62, of Forest Road said: “I have become very jaundiced. The Loughton Residents Association have said a number of times they are going to get something done on this and have failed.”

Mr Cootes said: “We have asked time and time again for parking permits but the council just do not want to know. We are not asking much, just to park outside our homes.

“Now we have huge lorries and double decker buses coming down because their SatNav is saying that it is the quickest way in to Loughton.”

Essex Police have been asked to comment.

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6:11pm Thu 9 Jun 11

pan says...

There is a problem highlighted here that I think that people should be considering.
It has been mentioned before about the LRA not doing what they say they will so.
The residents in Forest road clearly need support with what you would assume is a priority for Forest road and the high road in general.
The LRA are quick to announce success with schemes and quick to jump in and support someone that stands up for an issue. A recent one was in Torrington drive. On the LRA website they have claimed the newly installed fence as a success for themselves by supporting a local resident. They seem to have been aware of the time and place of when the photos for the paper and when the photographer turned up someone immediately handed out LRA badges for all to wear in the photo.
I know some people in that photo and they were really upset that the LRA had pulled that cheap stunt.
So now they claim success for that.

Maybe Forest road hasn't got anyone that is prepared to do the hard work for the LRA to claim as a success?

I am and most people are fully behind residents associations but I believe that this one has undergone an identity crisis and is now only representative of a selective section of the community. The LRA are the official opposition at district council and have most of the say it would seem at Town council. Yet they always claim any success as theirs and blame the "opposition" for any failing. They have enough representation at council to get these issues reviewed if they really want to yet seem to be failing.

I believe that if you look at their website it is apparent that they have broadened their horizons beyond their founding intention and are now failing their initial sentiment, its the Loughton residents association not a District association. Good representation is an asset for Loughton but the balance has been tipped and they seem to be becoming a victim of their own success.

The Town council magazine delivered this week might just as well be a LRA promotional leaflet and the Loughton Festival just seems to be the local churches recruitment event which is where the LRA favouritism seems to lay.

The parking in Forest road is an issue that is important to the residents and as such should be a major priority for the LRA, not the churches success or district wide issues Loughton Residents concerns should be paramount regardless of whether they agree with them or not as they declare they are non political so they should accept any residents groups concerns as their job, its in their description, its what they were elected for, A non political residents association.
But then they are registered as a political party, if they were only concerned with Loughton then they would only need to be registered as a minority party, if at all. They are registered as a political party but do not submit accounts which is correct if they fit that category but I would assume it would be hard to submit the accounts and correctly detail the amount of support received from organisations relative to their election campaigns so its best left at that.

You would have thought that claiming successes as your own work might well be wrong but it seems to be OK.

Maybe its time that the residents of Forest road united and represented themselves?
There is a problem highlighted here that I think that people should be considering. It has been mentioned before about the LRA not doing what they say they will so. The residents in Forest road clearly need support with what you would assume is a priority for Forest road and the high road in general. The LRA are quick to announce success with schemes and quick to jump in and support someone that stands up for an issue. A recent one was in Torrington drive. On the LRA website they have claimed the newly installed fence as a success for themselves by supporting a local resident. They seem to have been aware of the time and place of when the photos for the paper and when the photographer turned up someone immediately handed out LRA badges for all to wear in the photo. I know some people in that photo and they were really upset that the LRA had pulled that cheap stunt. So now they claim success for that. Maybe Forest road hasn't got anyone that is prepared to do the hard work for the LRA to claim as a success? I am and most people are fully behind residents associations but I believe that this one has undergone an identity crisis and is now only representative of a selective section of the community. The LRA are the official opposition at district council and have most of the say it would seem at Town council. Yet they always claim any success as theirs and blame the "opposition" for any failing. They have enough representation at council to get these issues reviewed if they really want to yet seem to be failing. I believe that if you look at their website it is apparent that they have broadened their horizons beyond their founding intention and are now failing their initial sentiment, its the Loughton residents association not a District association. Good representation is an asset for Loughton but the balance has been tipped and they seem to be becoming a victim of their own success. The Town council magazine delivered this week might just as well be a LRA promotional leaflet and the Loughton Festival just seems to be the local churches recruitment event which is where the LRA favouritism seems to lay. The parking in Forest road is an issue that is important to the residents and as such should be a major priority for the LRA, not the churches success or district wide issues Loughton Residents concerns should be paramount regardless of whether they agree with them or not as they declare they are non political so they should accept any residents groups concerns as their job, its in their description, its what they were elected for, A non political residents association. But then they are registered as a political party, if they were only concerned with Loughton then they would only need to be registered as a minority party, if at all. They are registered as a political party but do not submit accounts which is correct if they fit that category but I would assume it would be hard to submit the accounts and correctly detail the amount of support received from organisations relative to their election campaigns so its best left at that. You would have thought that claiming successes as your own work might well be wrong but it seems to be OK. Maybe its time that the residents of Forest road united and represented themselves? pan
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10:19pm Thu 9 Jun 11

Loughtoneye says...

Perhaps the residents of Forest Road should have a chat with those in Clifton Road as they seem to have overcome the obstacles to get residents parking and the restriction of certain vehicles within a given time band.
Perhaps the residents of Forest Road should have a chat with those in Clifton Road as they seem to have overcome the obstacles to get residents parking and the restriction of certain vehicles within a given time band. Loughtoneye
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8:42am Fri 10 Jun 11

loughwp says...

“They even made us remove our bins when we put them there to keep our spaces.”

These are not your spaces! Anyone is entitled to park there! If you wanted a parking space when you bought your house, you should have bought a house with a parking space.......
“They even made us remove our bins when we put them there to keep our spaces.” These are not your spaces! Anyone is entitled to park there! If you wanted a parking space when you bought your house, you should have bought a house with a parking space....... loughwp
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2:35pm Fri 10 Jun 11

word of mouth says...

well said loughwp - you buy the house not the road.
well said loughwp - you buy the house not the road. word of mouth
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5:23pm Fri 10 Jun 11

pan says...

Whilst the sentiment is right that you do not own the road there is a genuine problem here for these people and its partly caused by the councils reluctance to act and other parking restrictions enforced.
Forest road is directly linked to the high road. It has daytime parking restrictions on one side of the road. The implementation of yellow lines in roads surrounding Forest road, parking restrictions in the high road and the fact that its a relatively busy narrow road anyway makes it a nightmare for residents. I am sure that the residents appreciate the fact that they might have not have drives but there is no alternative place to park for free.
The fact that they have been led to believe that they are going to get residents permits on more than one occasion is the issue here. Clifton road off Forest road has the permit system and it works.
Saying to buy a house with a drive is a little narrow minded really, tell that to the millions of people that live in London in flats or housing estates.
There are many more cars on the roads than there was ten years ago its a problem that needs addressing.
There are many more commuters than there was ten years ago using our parking spaces in Loughton.
Whilst the sentiment is right that you do not own the road there is a genuine problem here for these people and its partly caused by the councils reluctance to act and other parking restrictions enforced. Forest road is directly linked to the high road. It has daytime parking restrictions on one side of the road. The implementation of yellow lines in roads surrounding Forest road, parking restrictions in the high road and the fact that its a relatively busy narrow road anyway makes it a nightmare for residents. I am sure that the residents appreciate the fact that they might have not have drives but there is no alternative place to park for free. The fact that they have been led to believe that they are going to get residents permits on more than one occasion is the issue here. Clifton road off Forest road has the permit system and it works. Saying to buy a house with a drive is a little narrow minded really, tell that to the millions of people that live in London in flats or housing estates. There are many more cars on the roads than there was ten years ago its a problem that needs addressing. There are many more commuters than there was ten years ago using our parking spaces in Loughton. pan
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