Boscombe Road residents say parking has become a nightmare

Southend Standard: Vicky Takawira - parking woes for residents in Boscombe Road Vicky Takawira - parking woes for residents in Boscombe Road

ANGRY residents are concerned their road is becoming a parking free-for-all after they opted out of a parking permit scheme.

People living in most of the streets around Boscombe Road, in Southend, chose to be included in a residents’ parking permit scheme.

However, those in Boscombe Road itself objected to the scheme and asked to be excluded, against Southend Council advice.

Now many are struggling to park outside their homes with Vicky Takawira, 40, often having to pay to park in the town centre and walk back with her fiveyear- old twins, Samuel and Esther.

She said: “It has becoming horrendous. It started last year when they started putting in the residents’ bays.

“We are the last road left so it is a magnet for commuters and people working in Southend all day.

“You go out and can’t park anywhere when you come back.

“Sometimes there is no alternative but to park in town and pay for three hours of parking and walk home.

“It’s like that from 8.30am to 6.30pm and is very difficult with young children.

“Even my family are reluctant to visit because there is nowhere to park.

“My mum, who has cancer won’t visit anymore, because she can’t walk very far.”

Boscombe Road is a stone’s throw from Victoria station and near to the town centre.

Ward councillors requested the permits originally because of nuisance parking by commuters and town centre workers and the scheme was unanimously accepted in surrounding roads following a consultation.

The have gradually been introduced in recent months, leaving Boscombe Road the only street with no parking restrictions.

About 50 per cent of residents in the road have off street parking, but the rest are at the mercy of anyone who wishes to park outside their homes.

A questionnaire sent to residents in all the roads affected was completed by 288 households – about 30 per cent of the total number.

In nearby St Anne’s Road 65 residents responded with 62 for it and just three against. In Boscombe Road 53 people replied with 13 for the scheme and 40 against.

In addition, the council received a petition against the scheme from Boscombe Road residents.

Jack Creeber, the council’s team leader for parking, said: “Adding the road to the scheme could be considered, but further consultation would have to take place and a request to review would need to be made to the council’s traffic and highways team.”

 

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7:17am Thu 10 Jul 14

BIRLIS says...

So, they (mostly) ignored advice to be in the scheme and now face the entirely predictable outcome of the decision.

Wonder why they voted so strongly against it, and if they did so independently or as part of a "committee" decision.
So, they (mostly) ignored advice to be in the scheme and now face the entirely predictable outcome of the decision. Wonder why they voted so strongly against it, and if they did so independently or as part of a "committee" decision. BIRLIS
  • Score: 24

7:27am Thu 10 Jul 14

abd123 says...

Most residents parking schemes leave empty bays all day because residents are at work. The worst of both worlds. A valuable community resource lies unused. Honest working people who pay all their taxes can't use those parking spaces they paid for. Meanwhile those residents at work can park outside other peoples houses. A fair system?
If you drive round the Southend Hospital area during the day you will see many empty residents bays meanwhile sick taxpayers queue for the car parks. What a good idea.
Most residents parking schemes leave empty bays all day because residents are at work. The worst of both worlds. A valuable community resource lies unused. Honest working people who pay all their taxes can't use those parking spaces they paid for. Meanwhile those residents at work can park outside other peoples houses. A fair system? If you drive round the Southend Hospital area during the day you will see many empty residents bays meanwhile sick taxpayers queue for the car parks. What a good idea. abd123
  • Score: 20

7:31am Thu 10 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

A classic own goal, parking must of been bad before, so a scheme was introduced for good reason why on earth would they want to be excluded at the time? someones dumb idea, think ahead if it was bad before what did they think it would be like once all the other roads got permit parking? so simple to know the outcome, not the sharpest tools in the box down Boscomb it seems.
St Annes 3 against....whilst St Annes residents are enjoying the benefits
Boscomb 40 against..Boscombs are fuming.
A classic own goal, parking must of been bad before, so a scheme was introduced for good reason why on earth would they want to be excluded at the time? someones dumb idea, think ahead if it was bad before what did they think it would be like once all the other roads got permit parking? so simple to know the outcome, not the sharpest tools in the box down Boscomb it seems. St Annes 3 against....whilst St Annes residents are enjoying the benefits Boscomb 40 against..Boscombs are fuming. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 22

8:43am Thu 10 Jul 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Its ridiculous that the council is doing this on a street by street basis.
It should all be resident parking, but parking meters for others to pay. Why should anyone be allowed to dump 2 tonn of metal on the road for free.
Its ridiculous that the council is doing this on a street by street basis. It should all be resident parking, but parking meters for others to pay. Why should anyone be allowed to dump 2 tonn of metal on the road for free. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -21

9:26am Thu 10 Jul 14

Dadai1 says...

Now it's in the echo it will be even worse, everyone knows where to go
Now it's in the echo it will be even worse, everyone knows where to go Dadai1
  • Score: 26

10:28am Thu 10 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Dadai1 wrote:
Now it's in the echo it will be even worse, everyone knows where to go
Yeh, nice one. Free parking for me. I think the residents got what they deserve. No point objecting to the scheme, then moaning they can't park in their road, because other people do. Should have thought about the correct option at the time.
[quote][p][bold]Dadai1[/bold] wrote: Now it's in the echo it will be even worse, everyone knows where to go[/p][/quote]Yeh, nice one. Free parking for me. I think the residents got what they deserve. No point objecting to the scheme, then moaning they can't park in their road, because other people do. Should have thought about the correct option at the time. Maddogg
  • Score: 15

11:04am Thu 10 Jul 14

John Right says...

When I bought my house, I made sure it had a drive.
This road a typical working class area was never intended to be a car park
When I bought my house, I made sure it had a drive. This road a typical working class area was never intended to be a car park John Right
  • Score: 8

11:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

Cockle says...

Meanwhile the local shops at the bottom end of Sutton Road are now suffering loss of trade because there is very little parking outside the shops and now no parking available in any of the side roads. I used to use the butcher, baker and card shop in this area stopping off on my way to, or from, work parking in a side street while I did my shopping. Due to the residents scheme I can no longer do so without fear of getting a ticket; I now shop elsewhere where I can stop legally. I notice that the card shop has now closed and I believe the baker is up for sale, can't be long before the butcher and the cafe go the same way....
Meanwhile the local shops at the bottom end of Sutton Road are now suffering loss of trade because there is very little parking outside the shops and now no parking available in any of the side roads. I used to use the butcher, baker and card shop in this area stopping off on my way to, or from, work parking in a side street while I did my shopping. Due to the residents scheme I can no longer do so without fear of getting a ticket; I now shop elsewhere where I can stop legally. I notice that the card shop has now closed and I believe the baker is up for sale, can't be long before the butcher and the cafe go the same way.... Cockle
  • Score: 14

11:48am Thu 10 Jul 14

Cockle says...

John Right wrote:
When I bought my house, I made sure it had a drive.
This road a typical working class area was never intended to be a car park
Strangely enough it wasn't built as a working class area. The houses in Boscombe are not what I would term typical Edwardian working class dwellings. My great grandfather owned, and built, much of Swanage Road, he and his children all had their own houses in the road. Being the owner of the brickfields around Sutton Road and the landowner on which he built the houses I wouldn't have described him as typical Edwardian working class, having said that I don't suppose he ever owned a car.....
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: When I bought my house, I made sure it had a drive. This road a typical working class area was never intended to be a car park[/p][/quote]Strangely enough it wasn't built as a working class area. The houses in Boscombe are not what I would term typical Edwardian working class dwellings. My great grandfather owned, and built, much of Swanage Road, he and his children all had their own houses in the road. Being the owner of the brickfields around Sutton Road and the landowner on which he built the houses I wouldn't have described him as typical Edwardian working class, having said that I don't suppose he ever owned a car..... Cockle
  • Score: 3

11:53am Thu 10 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

So this lot opted out of the permit scheme, against the advice of the council, and now are surprised to find the spaces are being used by others, well I thought that would have been obvious. They have made their nest...
So this lot opted out of the permit scheme, against the advice of the council, and now are surprised to find the spaces are being used by others, well I thought that would have been obvious. They have made their nest... VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 19

12:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

CarnMountification says...

I wonder why the residents opted out of the parking permit idea ? they are now reaping the rewards of their decision...
I wonder why the residents opted out of the parking permit idea ? they are now reaping the rewards of their decision... CarnMountification
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

marmaladejack says...

I lived in a residence parking area in Exeter, there are many reasons to opt out. Firstly you have to pay for the schemes and if you have visitors either they can't park near you or sometimes you have to buy a book of tickets to give to them. If you have lots of visitors for example care workers for the elderly it can soon add up. (even if you don't actually own your own car!) There can be free parking but this is usually say 8pm - 6am and then your guests have to get up and go put a ticket on the car. There are I'm sure many other reasons, but these were the ones that used to annoy me and my neighbours the most.
With residents parking it is often a case of your dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.
The problem here are lots of train stations without car parks or car parks which take advantage and charge a premium.
I lived in a residence parking area in Exeter, there are many reasons to opt out. Firstly you have to pay for the schemes and if you have visitors either they can't park near you or sometimes you have to buy a book of tickets to give to them. If you have lots of visitors for example care workers for the elderly it can soon add up. (even if you don't actually own your own car!) There can be free parking but this is usually say 8pm - 6am and then your guests have to get up and go put a ticket on the car. There are I'm sure many other reasons, but these were the ones that used to annoy me and my neighbours the most. With residents parking it is often a case of your dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. The problem here are lots of train stations without car parks or car parks which take advantage and charge a premium. marmaladejack
  • Score: 10

12:38pm Thu 10 Jul 14

CarnMountification says...

marmaladejack wrote:
I lived in a residence parking area in Exeter, there are many reasons to opt out. Firstly you have to pay for the schemes and if you have visitors either they can't park near you or sometimes you have to buy a book of tickets to give to them. If you have lots of visitors for example care workers for the elderly it can soon add up. (even if you don't actually own your own car!) There can be free parking but this is usually say 8pm - 6am and then your guests have to get up and go put a ticket on the car. There are I'm sure many other reasons, but these were the ones that used to annoy me and my neighbours the most.
With residents parking it is often a case of your dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.
The problem here are lots of train stations without car parks or car parks which take advantage and charge a premium.
Well seems like the residents are having to pay to park, in town, with the added walk home, who's the winner ?
[quote][p][bold]marmaladejack[/bold] wrote: I lived in a residence parking area in Exeter, there are many reasons to opt out. Firstly you have to pay for the schemes and if you have visitors either they can't park near you or sometimes you have to buy a book of tickets to give to them. If you have lots of visitors for example care workers for the elderly it can soon add up. (even if you don't actually own your own car!) There can be free parking but this is usually say 8pm - 6am and then your guests have to get up and go put a ticket on the car. There are I'm sure many other reasons, but these were the ones that used to annoy me and my neighbours the most. With residents parking it is often a case of your dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. The problem here are lots of train stations without car parks or car parks which take advantage and charge a premium.[/p][/quote]Well seems like the residents are having to pay to park, in town, with the added walk home, who's the winner ? CarnMountification
  • Score: 8

1:25pm Thu 10 Jul 14

emcee says...

Until the public transport infrastructure is improved substantially then people are going to increasingly use their cars to get to get work.
Buses need to cover ALL areas and need to cover a regular 10/20 minute service 4am to 1am (if not 24hrs). There needs to be buses at least every 5/10 minutes to cover rush hours, especially services to train stations. They also need to be a lot cheaper than they are now.
Most major towns cities throughout most of the developed world are forward thinking enough to provide 24hr public transport and not only is it cheap but it is quiet often FREE at the point of use for local services. These places (some of which I have visited), have few, if any, parking issues and especially not from those who commute to train stations (train station parking usually also very cheap or even free).
It is no good introducing parking schemes here and parking schemes there because by doing that all you do is make problems elsewhere. What is needed is a carrot and stick situation. Something to entice commuters and other car users onto public transport. This means a relaiable, regular, fast and CHEAP public transport service. Do that and everything else will fall into place.
Until the public transport infrastructure is improved substantially then people are going to increasingly use their cars to get to get work. Buses need to cover ALL areas and need to cover a regular 10/20 minute service 4am to 1am (if not 24hrs). There needs to be buses at least every 5/10 minutes to cover rush hours, especially services to train stations. They also need to be a lot cheaper than they are now. Most major towns cities throughout most of the developed world are forward thinking enough to provide 24hr public transport and not only is it cheap but it is quiet often FREE at the point of use for local services. These places (some of which I have visited), have few, if any, parking issues and especially not from those who commute to train stations (train station parking usually also very cheap or even free). It is no good introducing parking schemes here and parking schemes there because by doing that all you do is make problems elsewhere. What is needed is a carrot and stick situation. Something to entice commuters and other car users onto public transport. This means a relaiable, regular, fast and CHEAP public transport service. Do that and everything else will fall into place. emcee
  • Score: 14

1:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Southender74 says...

Try living in Heygate Avenue. I have for over ten years and every single day it's the same. I walk to work rather than move my car but cars wait at the bottom of the road for residents to move and they pounce straight in the parking spaces for the whole day. It's normally people who work in the Royals and Marks and Spencer. We then have nowhere to park as it's a dual carriageway at the end and York Road which has no parking. So it's the Seaway car park for us which costs and regular payments that is on top of my road tax, income tax and everything else tax. :(
Try living in Heygate Avenue. I have for over ten years and every single day it's the same. I walk to work rather than move my car but cars wait at the bottom of the road for residents to move and they pounce straight in the parking spaces for the whole day. It's normally people who work in the Royals and Marks and Spencer. We then have nowhere to park as it's a dual carriageway at the end and York Road which has no parking. So it's the Seaway car park for us which costs and regular payments that is on top of my road tax, income tax and everything else tax. :( Southender74
  • Score: 3

2:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

stevec1970 says...

Unfortunately if the cars are legal,as in taxed,insured, MOT'd (where applicable) and are not parked illegally there isn't much anyone can do. Maybe they should have voted for residents parking!
Unfortunately if the cars are legal,as in taxed,insured, MOT'd (where applicable) and are not parked illegally there isn't much anyone can do. Maybe they should have voted for residents parking! stevec1970
  • Score: 10

3:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Caber1984 says...

Unless you've been designated a space then no one has the RIGHT to park outside their own house! Unless there are restrictions in place, anyone can park outside your house. Don't whine about it - get a driveway, or move somewhere else. So many people think they have rights to everything in our country, it's amazing!
Unless you've been designated a space then no one has the RIGHT to park outside their own house! Unless there are restrictions in place, anyone can park outside your house. Don't whine about it - get a driveway, or move somewhere else. So many people think they have rights to everything in our country, it's amazing! Caber1984
  • Score: 8

3:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Its ridiculous that the council is doing this on a street by street basis.
It should all be resident parking, but parking meters for others to pay. Why should anyone be allowed to dump 2 tonn of metal on the road for free.
People who tax, insure and MOT their two ton of metal are entitled to dump it on a public road if there are no restrictions.
I take it you're not a motorist then.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Its ridiculous that the council is doing this on a street by street basis. It should all be resident parking, but parking meters for others to pay. Why should anyone be allowed to dump 2 tonn of metal on the road for free.[/p][/quote]People who tax, insure and MOT their two ton of metal are entitled to dump it on a public road if there are no restrictions. I take it you're not a motorist then. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 9

4:42pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Audioman says...

Don't buy a house unless it has a garage that is the best .So sell
up and and get a new house.
Don't buy a house unless it has a garage that is the best .So sell up and and get a new house. Audioman
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

They had their chance, and blew it, hope the council now paint double yellows along one side, and let the squabbling begin, though no one would dare park outside my house, I'd tow away.
They had their chance, and blew it, hope the council now paint double yellows along one side, and let the squabbling begin, though no one would dare park outside my house, I'd tow away. sesibollox
  • Score: -11

7:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

abd123 says...

It may be that most residents are happy without a scheme. That would be the logical conclusion as the majority was against it. Why pay for a permit when you drive to work during the days & times the scheme would have operated.
It may be that most residents are happy without a scheme. That would be the logical conclusion as the majority was against it. Why pay for a permit when you drive to work during the days & times the scheme would have operated. abd123
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Thu 10 Jul 14

southend brummie says...

Southender74 wrote:
Try living in Heygate Avenue. I have for over ten years and every single day it's the same. I walk to work rather than move my car but cars wait at the bottom of the road for residents to move and they pounce straight in the parking spaces for the whole day. It's normally people who work in the Royals and Marks and Spencer. We then have nowhere to park as it's a dual carriageway at the end and York Road which has no parking. So it's the Seaway car park for us which costs and regular payments that is on top of my road tax, income tax and everything else tax. :(
It's exactly the same issue. I live in the area and local residents refused a parking scheme when the council offered it. Make your bed and lie in it.
[quote][p][bold]Southender74[/bold] wrote: Try living in Heygate Avenue. I have for over ten years and every single day it's the same. I walk to work rather than move my car but cars wait at the bottom of the road for residents to move and they pounce straight in the parking spaces for the whole day. It's normally people who work in the Royals and Marks and Spencer. We then have nowhere to park as it's a dual carriageway at the end and York Road which has no parking. So it's the Seaway car park for us which costs and regular payments that is on top of my road tax, income tax and everything else tax. :([/p][/quote]It's exactly the same issue. I live in the area and local residents refused a parking scheme when the council offered it. Make your bed and lie in it. southend brummie
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Fab man says...

Boscombe & the surrounding roads have suffered this problem for years. The Parking Permit plan must have been bad for them to vote against it however you reap what you sow.
Boscombe & the surrounding roads have suffered this problem for years. The Parking Permit plan must have been bad for them to vote against it however you reap what you sow. Fab man
  • Score: 2

11:17pm Thu 10 Jul 14

the25man says...

We are lucky in Southend as there are plenty of free parking area's.
Go to Tower Hamlets and there is no free parking anywhere. Even the Council Estates you have to have a permit.
We are lucky in Southend as there are plenty of free parking area's. Go to Tower Hamlets and there is no free parking anywhere. Even the Council Estates you have to have a permit. the25man
  • Score: 2

12:43am Fri 11 Jul 14

Britanniaman says...

Ikea needs to design flat pack family car:)
Ikea needs to design flat pack family car:) Britanniaman
  • Score: 1

6:52am Fri 11 Jul 14

nuttynech says...

Makes me laugh! They think boscome is the only road. We suffer every bloody day in Albert road. Am sick to death of people parking up for work and leaving there cars all day so we have to park miles out from our homes. Have some respect will u! If I see any uniformed people getting out there cars for work I'll be wrotimg to your head office! Go park somewhere else!
The council make me laugh they are missing out on a small fortune of parking on these people cos if they couldn't park down our roads they would have to pay
Makes me laugh! They think boscome is the only road. We suffer every bloody day in Albert road. Am sick to death of people parking up for work and leaving there cars all day so we have to park miles out from our homes. Have some respect will u! If I see any uniformed people getting out there cars for work I'll be wrotimg to your head office! Go park somewhere else! The council make me laugh they are missing out on a small fortune of parking on these people cos if they couldn't park down our roads they would have to pay nuttynech
  • Score: -11

6:59am Fri 11 Jul 14

nuttynech says...

Audioman wrote:
Don't buy a house unless it has a garage that is the best .So sell
up and and get a new house.
That's another problem! Can't even sell cos people know about the parking issues. We are not just talking can't park for few hours this is all day everyday. Then u think the weekends will be quoted and you can park but now all our day trippers have caught on to the free parking. I have people tht don't live there getting rude with me so I hurry up and move my car so they can park!
I don't think people on these posts are getting just how bad it really is
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: Don't buy a house unless it has a garage that is the best .So sell up and and get a new house.[/p][/quote]That's another problem! Can't even sell cos people know about the parking issues. We are not just talking can't park for few hours this is all day everyday. Then u think the weekends will be quoted and you can park but now all our day trippers have caught on to the free parking. I have people tht don't live there getting rude with me so I hurry up and move my car so they can park! I don't think people on these posts are getting just how bad it really is nuttynech
  • Score: -2

2:28pm Fri 11 Jul 14

shoess3 says...

You could just move somewhere with private roads, a garage or a drive, or preferably all three. There's a reason houses with parking cost more money, it costs a premium to park and if you haven't paid it, you don't have the right to moan!
You could just move somewhere with private roads, a garage or a drive, or preferably all three. There's a reason houses with parking cost more money, it costs a premium to park and if you haven't paid it, you don't have the right to moan! shoess3
  • Score: -1

3:03pm Fri 11 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

nuttynech wrote:
Makes me laugh! They think boscome is the only road. We suffer every bloody day in Albert road. Am sick to death of people parking up for work and leaving there cars all day so we have to park miles out from our homes. Have some respect will u! If I see any uniformed people getting out there cars for work I'll be wrotimg to your head office! Go park somewhere else!
The council make me laugh they are missing out on a small fortune of parking on these people cos if they couldn't park down our roads they would have to pay
I park where I like, as with a skip lorry its oh so easy to nudge a car to make room, anyone who complains gets the full bifta ?
[quote][p][bold]nuttynech[/bold] wrote: Makes me laugh! They think boscome is the only road. We suffer every bloody day in Albert road. Am sick to death of people parking up for work and leaving there cars all day so we have to park miles out from our homes. Have some respect will u! If I see any uniformed people getting out there cars for work I'll be wrotimg to your head office! Go park somewhere else! The council make me laugh they are missing out on a small fortune of parking on these people cos if they couldn't park down our roads they would have to pay[/p][/quote]I park where I like, as with a skip lorry its oh so easy to nudge a car to make room, anyone who complains gets the full bifta ? sesibollox
  • Score: -3

3:07pm Fri 11 Jul 14

nuttynech says...

Sexy
Sexy nuttynech
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Sun 13 Jul 14

larney80 says...

I along with others in southend campaigned for residents parking , to ease the stress of being able to park ,whilst day trippers flooded our roads leaving us virtual prisoner s ie we couldn't move our cars for fear of not being able to park when we returned, since the scheme was introduced it has given us great relief.
boscombe road were advised about excepting the parking scheme and refused as they thought they understood and knew better I don't think that they have any reason to moan now ,if they hadn't kicked against it so much they would have the same freedom we now enjoy. you canyt have it all ways.
I along with others in southend campaigned for residents parking , to ease the stress of being able to park ,whilst day trippers flooded our roads leaving us virtual prisoner s ie we couldn't move our cars for fear of not being able to park when we returned, since the scheme was introduced it has given us great relief. boscombe road were advised about excepting the parking scheme and refused as they thought they understood and knew better I don't think that they have any reason to moan now ,if they hadn't kicked against it so much they would have the same freedom we now enjoy. you canyt have it all ways. larney80
  • Score: 1
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