Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Parking

Newbie has prompted me with his comment on an earlier post to do something on the subject of parking. As it happens the Green Bristol Blog has today done just the same. Highlighting two other Bristol based blogs that publish innovative ways to park. One, brilliantly, avoids the double yellow lines by parking in the middle of the road. What can I say? I raise my hat!

Now we come to the local issue. A reader who lives adjacent to a local Primary school and is therefore subject to the twice daily term time bun fight over parking places has highlighted a local anomaly.

Connor Close, leading to Charlotte Close off Fullwell Avenue and within parking range of a local Primary school has an official council sign stating “No parking residents only” [pictured].

the Connor Close signAs serendipity would have it the papers for the next Environment and Highways Scrutiny committee lists all the unadopted streets in Redbridge – and these two ain’t on the list. Anyway as you can see from the picture the road sign includes the Borough logo so they must be adopted roads.

The question is this, how did these residents obtain such favourable treatment, when for example Aintree Crescent, Greystone Gardens, Meriden Close and the whole of the Timberdene estate did not?

I intend to find out.

And how would any Parking attendant know if these vehicles belong to residents?
Parking in Connor Close

23 comments:

  1. mr angry of fullwell10:36 pm, October 21, 2008

    The residents' only parking notice does not carry a Redbridge logo - one wonders if it was put there by an enterprising resident?

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  2. I am informed by Highways officers that both streets were adopted in 2002 so are in fact public highway.

    It seems the sign in question was not put there by the council. The likely candidates seem to be either an enterprising resident (as suggested by Mr Angry of Fullwell) or perhaps the landlord of the development, although it could have been anyone.

    Nick Hayes
    Councillor, Fullwell Ward

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  3. Thanks, Nick.

    I'm sure a few other "enterprising residents" will take due note.

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  4. The street name signs are Council property - it is surely illegal to attach private signs to Council street furniture? If not, I'm fairly sure some residents in turnings near schools would be delighted to follow this example.

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  5. I'm sure you've noticed the yellow signs on railings outside schools which read " The children of such and such school say please show you care park elsewhere".

    I have been meaning to attach another sign saying "The residents say don't park at all, get the bus or walk to school".

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  6. So if it's an illegally placed sign then surely a formal complaint to the council should ensure its removal.......eventually?

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  7. Some while ago I found a road sign for Atherton Road (the one that was facing the eastern end of Marston Road outside number 30 Atherton Road who had recently removed their front garden wall to enable vehicular access) dumped in Chalgrove Crescent.

    I contacted the council to ask if they wanted it back, yes they said. A chap came round to collect it but found that it would not fit in the boot of his car so he bent it in half.

    Needless to say, that sign has not been replaced.

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  8. Passing by this evening I noted that the "No parking residents only" sign has been removed.

    Unfortunately whoever did so failed to spot the same sign on the other side of the road. Probably obscured by a parked vehicle no doubt.

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  9. If a road sign needs replacing, because it's faded or missing, let your councillor know.

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  10. Has B21 seen the Wanstead&Woodford Guardian this week? Parking costs ya around £500 to park around here - well a little under actually.
    Any advance on this?

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  11. Not missing an occasion to put my pinch of salt in things, I don't think a sign was removed, I only ever noticed one and I was just laughing at the incorrect grammar.
    Now, Judith says that the sign does not have the redbridge logo, I have just walked back from Barkingside and I noticed that Greystone road, has a brand new sign and it is not logo-ed either.
    So, the plot thickens!
    annesevant

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  12. The signs pictured are on the east side of the road. On the west side there is a similar arrangement except that the street name signs do not have the borough logo.

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  13. Logo or no logo, it will be interesting to discover the origin of the 'no parking residents only' sign. If it was provided by the council, very interesting indeed. If it is some clever clog's idea of being proactive, it is also interesting!
    annesevant

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  14. Judith - re posting at 16.33 yesterday. Problem is, the COUNCILLOR might be either faded or missing!

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  15. Dear Morris,
    In Fullwell ward, we have three councillors with a high sense of their responsibilities to their residents, who push the limits further than the safe line.
    It's not so bad for an ordinary person to put himself/herself, on the 'receiving' line (of verbal comments), but, for a councillor, the repercussions are far worse and their actions needed strong moral fibre.
    Well done the three of them.
    annesevant

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  16. Morris, as a Fullwell Ward resident, none of our 3 councillors is either faded or missing - and could I take this opportunity of reminding readers of their monthly surgeries at Trinity Hall, Mossford Green.

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  17. Yes, not all Redbridge councillors hold surgeries. There is a link in the side bar to "Redbridge Councillors & Surgeries" where you can find out who your councillors are, if you don't know already, and from there their contact details and surgery times, if they hold them.

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  18. Agree entirely about the Fullwell councillors. I was looking rather more in other directions. Ones who ought to contribute regularly to discussions on Redbridg-i conspicuously fail to do so.

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  19. As usual, the conversation has strayed!
    Is anybody checking the validity of those signs regarding residents only?
    I think it is worth further interest.
    Are roads signs (and restrictions) in Redbridge the responsibity of the Borough or have they been farmed out to an agency?
    The horse chesnut leaf is not always printed (even on new signs). I know that the horse chestnut trees are threatened by a moth, this was aired at a B21 eco meeting and somebody, with a similar name, was present and showed his sense of humour!
    annesevant

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  20. Is it horse chestnut? Some say it's cannabis, but I would not know.

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  21. [Is it horse chestnut? Some say it's cannabis, but I would not know.] says morris hickey.

    Well, if it moth eaten, it must be horse chestnut!
    Of course cannabis could have insect predators as well but I don't think it is grown in the open in this country: too cold.
    annesevant

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