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Search continues for a solution to parking mayhem

PUBLISHED: 17:28 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010

DRIVERS will find out in June how they have been affected by the biggest parking review in their area for 14 years. Residents in Orpington have been consulted by Bromley council about the restrictions they want in their roads to ease commuter congestion

DRIVERS will find out in June how they have been affected by the biggest parking review in their area for 14 years.

Residents in Orpington have been consulted by Bromley council about the restrictions they want in their roads to ease commuter congestion.

More than 7,000 properties were asked about the proposals last December and some 1,200 responses were received. The second round of consultation is now taking place and the council is urging residents to make their views known.

Petts Wood and Knoll councillor Tony Owen said: "Orpington does have a problem with parking. By the High Street you get hospital parking meeting shopping parking meeting commuter parking. It is very congested.

"We want as many people to contact us as possible to make it democratic. It is a big undertaking. It is unlikely that we will be able to please everybody but as far as possible we will do what we can.

"Broxbourne Road in my ward is very narrow and gets very heavily parked. Fire engines would have a big problem getting down there so the residents want yellow lines to resolve it."

Shortlands councillor George Taylor said the review had been welcomed overall as residents want to stop commuters parking in their streets. Writing in Petts Wood community newsletter The Gazette, he said: "I am very pleased with the progress made with this vast undertaking and am confident that a considered and measured solution to Orpington's parking problems will result."

The results have been collated from the first round and the council is now working on developing the 'micro' options for individual roads.

Orpington councillors will have a chance to assess, discuss and amend proposals before the second round of consultation. The final decision will be made in June.

Orpington has had a longstanding problem with parking. Commuter parking is the main reason residents want restrictions. Visitors to the doctors' surgery in Charterhouse Road are also causing a problem and people living in Mayfield Avenue say there is inconsistency in the current restrictions.


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