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Nine year old blasts council for parking decision

PUBLISHED: 16:37 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010

ACTION: Eloise Dale-Clark with her father, Jon.

ACTION: Eloise Dale-Clark with her father, Jon.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD campaigner has written to a council demanding it stops the controlled parking zone (CPZ) in her street. Eloise Dale-Clark, of Clock House Road, Beckenham, suggested Bromley council spend money on the environment, schools or clubs for tee

A NINE-YEAR-OLD campaigner has written to a council demanding it stops the controlled parking zone (CPZ) in her street.

Eloise Dale-Clark, of Clock House Road, Beckenham, suggested Bromley council spend money on the environment, schools or clubs for teenagers rather than on installing CPZs in her street.

She is terrified that her friends will have to move because the cost of parking will be too high in the roads where Bromley council wants to install pay and display parking outside residents' homes.

She said: "I don't want my friends to move because I won't be able to play with them. There will be less cars parking in the road which means they won't slow down which will make it more dangerous."

The letter, which was also sent to David Cameron, read: "I'm glad to inform you that lots of people disagree with what you're doing please stop the CPZ parking in the three zones, I demand a letter back which says you will stop CPZ for life". It was accompanied by a pencil drawing of a sad face with the words "I'm unhappy".

Miss Dale-Clark's father, Jon Clarke, of Cedars Road, said: "I didn't even know Eloise sent the letter but obviously she is annoyed about it."

Angry residents from three zones around Clock House Road have accused Bromley council of ignoring them after installing pay and display parking outside their homes. Tempers flared during a heated meeting at Beckenham Library last Thursday evening and residents accused Councillor Collin Smith, responsible for implementing the scheme, of disregarding them.

In September last year, the council surveyed Clock House Road and surrounding streets and found the majority of residents were in favour of CPZs as people were struggling to find parking spaces.

But residents claim the situation is worse than ever after the council installing the pay and display machines as well as forbidding them to park in adjoining streets.

Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment said residents had been consulted about whether they wanted CPZs.

He said: "Some pay and display will be made available for commuters using the station, clients of the Spa, and visitors to the hospital as it's in nobody's interest to drive all passing traffic out of the area and aggravate similar problems elsewhere, or to have rows of perfectly usable parking spaces standing redundant and unused all day. As residents have been promised and I'm happy to repeat, the bias in determining the balance will always lay in the local residents favour and should any adjustment be needed to ensure this happens it will be quickly implemented."

The next meeting about the CPZ is due on July 1 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Churchfields School in Churchfields Road, Beckenham where residents will be able to say whether they are for or against the new regulations.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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