U-turn on Long Riding parking nightmare?

Struggling to find a parking space – Long Riding resident Sue Richards

Struggling to find a parking space – Long Riding resident Sue Richards

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PERMIT parking could be extended along a whole road to stop penny-pinching workers, shoppers and residents causing misery for residents.

People in Long Riding, Basildon, say they are fed up with constant battles for parking spaces outside their homes.

Half of the road, which is closer to the town centre, already has permit parking.

Councillors and residents are campaigning for the scheme to be rolled out along the whole road.

The South Essex Parking Partnership, which took over parking enforcement in the county in April 2011, previously said it did not have enough money.

But in a U-turn yesterday, bosses said they will investigate the issue in Long Riding.

A final decision is still to be made.

Alan Richards, 50, and wife Sue, 48, live in the first house outside the permit zone, which ends between the junctions of Priors East and Nether Priors.

They claim neighbours wanting to avoid the £26 annual cost of a permit park outside their house for free.

Mr Richards said: “We have lived in Long Riding for 25 years, but the problem has got steadily worse. The parking situation now is an absolute nightmare.

“People tend to move into the flats next to us for a short time, so clearly they are not going to want to buy a permit, but all it does is force them up the road.

“We have a communal parking area which holds eight cars at the front of our house, but we can never get in there.

“We struggle to find a space which is reasonably close to our house, but outside the permit zone. I had given up hope anything would be done.”

Neighbours claim town centre workers and shoppers also park in Long Riding to avoid car park charges.

A spokesman for the parking partnership said: “This is a restriction that was implemented prior to the partnership being formed.

“All permit parking in Basildon is being reviewed.

“However, no decision has yet been made regarding this area.”

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7:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

Robin Reliant says...

penny-pinching workers, shoppers and residents causing misery for residents.


'And residents'...?....ma
ny are penny pinching, its a sign of the times, if parking charges were lowered more would pay, i bet any of those residents have tried to avoid paying a carpark fee somewhere and have parked outside someone elses house before
penny-pinching workers, shoppers and residents causing misery for residents. 'And residents'...?....ma ny are penny pinching, its a sign of the times, if parking charges were lowered more would pay, i bet any of those residents have tried to avoid paying a carpark fee somewhere and have parked outside someone elses house before Robin Reliant
  • Score: -4

8:03am Wed 15 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
penny-pinching workers, shoppers and residents causing misery for residents. 'And residents'...?....ma ny are penny pinching, its a sign of the times, if parking charges were lowered more would pay, i bet any of those residents have tried to avoid paying a carpark fee somewhere and have parked outside someone elses house before
I doubt many more would pay....... it's down to human nature, avoiding paying to park gives people a 'sense of achievment' even if the rewards are relatively trivial....... in the summer, pay and display in southend is causing chaos at times, particularly sundays when the day trippers are in town..... many residents can't use their cars at all on those days, or otherwise feed a meter all day upon return.....
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: penny-pinching workers, shoppers and residents causing misery for residents. 'And residents'...?....ma ny are penny pinching, its a sign of the times, if parking charges were lowered more would pay, i bet any of those residents have tried to avoid paying a carpark fee somewhere and have parked outside someone elses house before[/p][/quote]I doubt many more would pay....... it's down to human nature, avoiding paying to park gives people a 'sense of achievment' even if the rewards are relatively trivial....... in the summer, pay and display in southend is causing chaos at times, particularly sundays when the day trippers are in town..... many residents can't use their cars at all on those days, or otherwise feed a meter all day upon return..... pembury53
  • Score: 0

10:56am Wed 15 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Have they found out that a counciller lives in Long Riding or has a relative living there?


Time to reopen that abandoned car park in Laindon Link opposite Roundacre and offer worjers and shoppers a reasonable and affordable daily/weekly/monthly
/annual rate for patking there. It's about the same distance to walk to the station from there after all.....
Have they found out that a counciller lives in Long Riding or has a relative living there? Time to reopen that abandoned car park in Laindon Link opposite Roundacre and offer worjers and shoppers a reasonable and affordable daily/weekly/monthly /annual rate for patking there. It's about the same distance to walk to the station from there after all..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

12:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BodyBuilder says...

Park where you like is my motto. And if you are fined don't pay that. I even park in disabled spaces. It's a shock when they see a body builder get out the car. Not disabled atall!
Park where you like is my motto. And if you are fined don't pay that. I even park in disabled spaces. It's a shock when they see a body builder get out the car. Not disabled atall! BodyBuilder
  • Score: -14

12:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BodyBuilder says...

Get a job then Sue. By the time you come home from work all the shoppers and other workers would of probably gone by then.
Get a job then Sue. By the time you come home from work all the shoppers and other workers would of probably gone by then. BodyBuilder
  • Score: -5

12:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

BodyBuilder wrote:
Park where you like is my motto. And if you are fined don't pay that. I even park in disabled spaces. It's a shock when they see a body builder get out the car. Not disabled atall!
You're meant to have two muscly arms not just one....
[quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Park where you like is my motto. And if you are fined don't pay that. I even park in disabled spaces. It's a shock when they see a body builder get out the car. Not disabled atall![/p][/quote]You're meant to have two muscly arms not just one.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

12:37pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Nebs says...

This will just move the problem elsewhere. Then the new people affected will complain. Won't be long before the whole country is covered with permit bays.
This will just move the problem elsewhere. Then the new people affected will complain. Won't be long before the whole country is covered with permit bays. Nebs
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

canveydude24 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
BodyBuilder wrote: Park where you like is my motto. And if you are fined don't pay that. I even park in disabled spaces. It's a shock when they see a body builder get out the car. Not disabled atall!
You're meant to have two muscly arms not just one....
Howard - Well it's obvious he hasn't got anything between his ears
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Park where you like is my motto. And if you are fined don't pay that. I even park in disabled spaces. It's a shock when they see a body builder get out the car. Not disabled atall![/p][/quote]You're meant to have two muscly arms not just one....[/p][/quote]Howard - Well it's obvious he hasn't got anything between his ears canveydude24
  • Score: 7

6:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

BodyBuilder wrote:
Get a job then Sue. By the time you come home from work all the shoppers and other workers would of probably gone by then.
I live on this road, night is the worst time for parking here
[quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Get a job then Sue. By the time you come home from work all the shoppers and other workers would of probably gone by then.[/p][/quote]I live on this road, night is the worst time for parking here ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

I have a couple of friends who live nearby who have said their roads are just as bad.
I have a couple of friends who live nearby who have said their roads are just as bad. LauqhLast..
  • Score: 0

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