RESIDENTS of the Flowers estate, in Ockendon, look set to see an end the commuter parking misery they have lived with for years.
Cllr Angie Gaywood, who is responsible for parking in the borough, said;
“I used to live in Tamarisk Road so I know just how bad the parking problem is there. I have made it a priority to introduce residents only parking on the Flowers Estate to resolve the issue – but wanted to make sure we could make the permits free of charge before consulting with local folk.”
Consultation is underway on the scheme and responses should be sent to Thurrock Council by no later than Friday, 28th June 2013.
Angie was keen to urge residents to take part in the consultation saying;
“It is really important that local people make their views clear on this. I have spoken to many local people who tell me they are really frustrated about not being able to park anywhere near their homes. This is our chance to do something positive to change that –
The Thurrock Conservatives have also welcomed the plans.
Ockendon councillor Lynn Carr said “At long last Labour have finally decided to listen to Ockendon residents, and not a moment too soon. Commuter parking has long blighted local residents, with many people unable to park near their homes after returning from the school run or a trip to the shops. I am sure all residents will support this plan and urge people to respond to the consultation, making it clear the strength of feeling.”
Colleague Cllr Barry Johnson added “This scheme is just common sense and it amazes me that it has taken so long to implement. Labour have admitted that this has been a problem for years but done nothing until now – it just goes to show how little Labour care about Ockendon.”