Parking plan ""overkill
PUBLISHED: 14:27 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 23 August 2010
RESIDENTS have formed an action group and collected a petition of more than 100 signatures in protest against car parking proposals. The Reporter/Times revealed how Dartford Borough Council has put forward plans for a mixture of yellow lines, parking
RESIDENTS have formed an action group and collected a petition of more than 100 signatures in protest against car parking proposals.
The Reporter/Times revealed how Dartford Borough Council has put forward plans for a mixture of yellow lines, parking permits and visitor bays in Greenhithe.
Gary Snell, landlord of the Sir John Franklin in High Street, Greenhithe, branded the proposals "complete overkill" and feared he may be force to close his business because of lack of daytime trade.
Now motorists living in Charles Street started a petition, collecting the names of 132 residents in the street claiming they are "dismayed" at the proposal.
Plans show a mixture of double yellow lines and residents parking bays, with car owners paying £50 a year for a permit.
Dennis O'Nions, 51, of Charles Street, said he got together with neighbours after a meeting in Asda in Greenhithe this month where nearly 200 people attended.
He said: "We decided we would get together and form a group, we are all very disappointed by what they are proposing.
"Pretty much every resident in Charles Street is opposed to the scheme. We all appreciate there is a parking problem the area.
"But our biggest concern is the permit system. They are going to issue just one permit per household, and in our survey we that on average each household own one and a half cars. Where are we going to park our extra vehicles?"
The council say the plans have been put forward after residents complained about the parking of commuters and shoppers. Other roads affected by the restrictions, include Eagles Road, Station Road, and the Avenue.
Mr O'Nions, who has lived in Greenhithe for 30 years added: "Surely there must be an alternative to this? The train station at the moment doesn't really have a car park, which is why people park on the roads.
"Can they not build something suitable?"
Mr Kite said: "Having been pressed to come up with some parking solutions by residents who are very exasperated by the situation in Greenhithe, we have simply laid out an option and now invite all the people of the area to tell us whether they want to change the current system or not. It's for them to decide."