We’re sick of cars clog­ging up our roads

OVER­CROWD­ING: Com­muters refuse to use sta­tion park­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

Over­lap­ping junc­tions

COM­MUTERS are clog­ging up the streets of a vil­lage by re­fus­ing to use the rail­way sta­tion’s des­ig­nated car park.

Now an­gry Pluck­ley res­i­dents are de­mand­ing new park­ing re­stric­tions around the sta­tion or for South­east­ern to scrap or re­duce the charges.

Res­i­dent Carol Radloff, of Sta­tion Cot­tages, said: “I can never park out­side my house and it is dif­fi­cult to re­verse out of my drive be­cause the street is over­crowded with cars.

“The cars are of­ten left from 6.30am un­til 7.30pm.

“I un­der­stand that the com­muters don’t want to pay for the park­ing be­cause they al­ready pay high train fares, but res­i­dents are suf­fer­ing in the mean­time.

“I blame the train com­pany first be­cause they are the ones who are mak­ing this hap­pen.

“They shouldn’t charge com­muters at all for park­ing or it should be 50p a day. Then more peo­ple would be will­ing to use the car park.”

Cars are left in streets around the sta­tion, in­clud­ing Sta­tion Road and Der­ing Ter­race, some­times over­lap­ping junc­tions.

Some also use the Der­ing Arms pub car park, tak­ing away cus­tomer spa­ces.

Land­lord Jim Buss, said: “There is also a prob­lem of not enough car park spa­ces.

“First thing in the morn­ing I no­tice there are 20 ve­hi­cles on the street and six in the sta­tion car park. Later on the car park is full.”

Weald Cen­tral Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cer Paul Moorey says the cars are be­lieved to be both from Pluck­ley and neigh­bour­ing vil­lages.

About 20 peo­ple at­tended a pub­lic meet­ing at the pub to dis­cuss the prob­lem.

PCSO Moorey said: “We had one com­muter who said she felt the charge for the car park was too much.

“Dou­ble yel­low lines have been sug­gested but that only moves the prob­lem else­where.

“One so­lu­tion that is ex­pected to be pur­sued is for the parish coun­cil to iden­tify ad­di­tional park­ing ar­eas.”

Char­ing has suf­fered a sim­i­lar prob­lem with com­muters boy­cotting the sta­tion car par and clut­ter­ing on-street spa­ces.

Char­ing Parish Coun­cil last Novem­ber called on South­east­ern to drop its park­ing charges.

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