Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Are they getting better or worse? Differing views...
Angry residents in Streamers Meadows want to know why vehicles are still parking on pavements and obstructing junctions - months after they were promised action would be taken.
One of them, Stephen Hannay, 63, hoped the involvement of the multi-agency Local Action Group, which prompted letters to residents, would resolve long-standing problems.
But, he claims, the situation has not improved.
“There have been no changes whatsoever,” he said. “The only thing we’ve seen is a disabled bay go in and then be removed after complaints, when it was established nobody was entitled to use it. There were six workmen involved in painting the lines and a further four to remove them.
“The cost could have paid for much-needed double yellow lines and the ticketing of vehicles flouting parking regulations.”
Mr Hannay, who has lived in Streamers Meadows for 20 years, fears commercial vehicles are blocking a clear view of the road - presenting a safety hazard.
He said: “There are times when the road is so clogged with parked vehicles that a fire engine would struggle to get through.
“This is the question I want to ask - and it is only right for the rest of the residents in Streamers Meadows and every council tax payer in Honiton: who squandered public money on an unnecessary disabled bay?”
A spokesman for Devon County Council said: “Unfortunately, the original applicant for the bay recently marked in Streamers Meadows has passed away and, as no eligible individual resides at the address concerned, the bay has not been retained.”
East Devon’s community safety officer, Gerry Moore, who arranged a site meeting involving local councillors, the police and parking enforcement officers from the district council, said: “Things are not 100 per cent, but my understanding was that things had improved.
“Some tickets were issued within two to three weeks of the meeting.”
Mr Moore hand delivered letters to households in Streamers Meadows following the site meeting, pointing out the dos and don’ts of on-street parking and warning those who flout regulations that action would be taken.
He said, unfortunately, nothing can be done about cars being left in the street by workers and shoppers - unless a residents’ parking permit scheme is introduced, which would cost residents money.
“Some residents could help others by parking a little bit more sensibly,” he told the Midweek Herald.
Mr Moore said, like many other long-established residential roads, Streamers Meadows was not designed for the number of cars now requiring parking spaces.