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Clogged roads in Shortlands 'posing a potential hazard to residents'

PUBLISHED: 13:46 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:06 14 November 2016

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A survey has been launched to gauge residents' views on traffic problems in Shortlands

Clogged roads in Shortlands are posing a potential hazard to residents, according to the chair of the local residents’ association.

All-day commuter parking, crowded, narrow roads and illegal parking mean residents’ friends and family cannot park safely on their own roads - and the problem even affects street cleaning.

The Shortlands Residents Association (SRA) has launched a survey of parking problems to establish the facts and canvas opinion, claiming the council has so far failed to take action.

SRA chair Mark Dempsey said: “Many of our roads in Shortlands are literally clogged with parked cars, causing both delays for local people and businesses and a potential hazard to road safety.

“We need the weight of evidence from people giving us their personal views to enable us to press our concerns upon the council and so bring in measures, like perhaps more Controlled Parking Zones, to make life better both for local residents and everyone passing through Shortlands and using our roads.”

Comittee member Mike Ricketts added: “We have had cars parked so closely together that the drivers cannot see round corners and have to drive about 10mph to be safe.

“If you think about it, having commuter cars from Monday through Friday means the opportunity to clean the roads is restricted, so some roads can never be properly cleaned.

“We have got a new school, and there is restricted parking round it but the cars move further up the road.

“Sometimes people can’t get out of their side roads because of the parked cars near the corners.

“We should have more controlled parking zones where you cannot park between 12 and 2, for example.

“The council have been slow in taking action. They have taken action at the new school, but they have not addressed the whole issue of parking across Shortlands.”

Colin Smith, executive councillor for environment, said, “Whilst the council will be very interested to understand the views and wishes of the survey participants in due course, I regret to say that it does not recognise or agree with Mr Ricketts assertion that it has been “slow in taking action”.

“The situation is complex, with the recent opening of the school adding to conundrum suffered across the borough by other residents, not unreasonably, seeking to park their cars, near to town centres and train stations.

“Controlled Parking Zones have already been facilitated locally for roads where residents have no off-street parking available to them which is the criteria the council works to. Too many yellow lines leads directly to an increase in average traffic speeds which local residents also already complain are too high.

“There is already a borough-wide programme of switching roads affected by weekday sweeping access issues to a weekend schedule as the RA is very well aware and a pilot scheme is at a heightened stage of preparation to try something novel in terms of an ‘even number’ / ‘odd number’ arrangement locally as well.”All residents, and any local road users - including incoming commuters - have been invited to take part in the survey, which is being posted through doors and is available online at: www.shortlandsresidents.org.uk
The deadline for submissions is November 30.

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