We’re sick of cars clogging up our roads
OVERCROWDING: Commuters refuse to use station parking
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.