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Irate residents fear they will be charged to park outside homes

PUBLISHED: 16:46 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS are angry and perplexed by a council s plans to introduce controlled parking zones which could force them to pay to park outside their own homes.

RESIDENTS are angry and 'perplexed' by a council's plans to introduce controlled parking zones which could force them to pay to park outside their own homes.

The consultation process in to whether Bromley council should change parking restrictions around Clockhouse Road, Beckenham, is due to close tomorrow.

But householders have accused Bromley council of being underhand and believe the new plans are just a way to make money from residents.

Clockhouse Road resident, Jon Clarke, 42, was so annoyed that he set up a website www.beckenhamtown. ning.com for residents to respond to the plans.

He said: "I received a letter about two weeks ago and the way it is worded makes it seems like it's already going ahead.

"I'm angry about the way the council has gone about things. Lots of people are away in summer and they should have given us longer to respond.

"We want a fair consultation process. I am perplexed. There doesn't seem to be any real reason to make it a controlled parking zone apart from a means of revenue."

Another resident, David Foster, wrote on the website: "It will probably actually reduce the overall total number of road spaces available since the painted areas will finish well short of driveways and other obstacles.

"Over officious parking attendants will be more than happy to penalise anyone who might even have their bumper hanging outside a newly designated space.

"Given that the majority of the houses in the zone pay in excess of £1,500 per annum in council tax, why is a fee required to be paid for the permits?"

A spokesman for Bromley council said: "We've had a very good response with over 500 households responding out of a possible 2,200.

"Residents living near Clock House train station have asked us to look at the parking problems and with the development at Beckenham Hospital, there will continue to be parking pressures in the area.

"One option would be to introduce controlled parking for residents. We are at an early stage of consultation which extends into September. We will also consider any comments we receive after the deadline.

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