No-wait re­stric­tions mean long wait for res­i­dents is fi­nally over

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Waste Collection Latest - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­ Cam­paign­ers are cel­e­brat­ing a vic­tory in their bat­tle against ob­struc­tive park­ing on the Goat Lees es­tate.

There had been anger and dis­ap­point­ment in June when plans for dou­ble yel­low lines across the es­tate were voted through to ad­dress danger­ous park­ing by Eureka Busi­ness Park em­ploy­ees on res­i­den­tial roads.

Res­i­dents af­fected by the staff park­ing out­side their homes had favoured a scheme of sin­gle yel­low lines with park­ing re­stric­tions at cer­tain times in the day.

How­ever af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the ward mem­ber Cllr Win­ston Michael (Ash Ind) and coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son (Con) there has been a par­tial U-turn in the de­ci­sion.

Speak­ing at last week’s cabi­net meet­ing, Cllr Clark­son said: “I’m pleased to be able to in­form the meet­ing I’ve had two meet­ing with the ward mem­ber and we have found a way for­ward in adopt­ing the scheme.

“I’ve as­sessed this with the chief ex­ec­u­tive and Cllr Bernard Heyes, the port­fo­lio holder and I think we have the ba­sis for a res­o­lu­tion.”

The pro­posed so­lu­tion could see sin­gle yel­low lines painted in Ayles­bury Road, Dun­nock Road, Mus­covy Road, Siskin Close and Snipe Close – the five roads clos­est to the busi­ness park.

It will in­clude no-wait­ing re­stric­tions, pre­vent­ing peo­ple from park­ing be­tween 9.30am and 10.30am in the morn­ing, and be­tween 2pm un­til 3pm from Mon­day to Fri­day.

Dou­ble yel­low lines will still be cre­ated along the length of Trin­ity Road, in Hurst Road, and at strate­gic points on the es­tate.

The leader as­sured the cabi­net that it was a ‘one-off’ and would not set a prece­dent for more sin­gle yel­low line re­stricted park­ing ar­eas else­where in the bor­ough.

The re­stric­tions will be in­tro­duced once Trin­ity Col­lege and Quad­rant Es­tates cre­ate an ad­di­tional 150 spa­ces for the work­ers.

Cll Michael cel­e­brated the de­ci­sion, say­ing the de­ci­sion rep­re­sented four years of hard work to find an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

“This re­ally is a win-win so­lu­tion for res­i­dents and work­ers,” he said. “The hour- long re­stric­tions in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon will dis­cour­age long-term park­ing with­out in­con­ve­nienc­ing res­i­dents, while the ex­tra park­ing spa­ces at Eureka will give work­ers easy ac­cess to their place of work.”

He thanked Cllr Clark­son and the busi­ness park for their ap­proach, and the res­i­dents and Boughton Aluph Parish Coun­cil for their pa­tience.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Ja­son Matthews said: “I’m de­lighted that we’ve man­aged to get an agreed scheme.

“I think on be­half of the parish coun­cil and res­i­dents, we’re pleased to get some form of pro­hi­bi­tion.”

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