Council parking debacle

Council allow inconsiderate parking to continue at HQ
Council allow inconsiderate parking to continue at HQ

Complaints have been arriving at The Extra alleging that East Ren Council who are responsible for managing parking need to put their own house in order!

Mark Hamilton a local photographer uses Eastwood Park to take his eight-month-old son Luke for a walk in his pram along with their family dog.

Inconsiderate parking at Eastwood House and surrounding area is ruining grass and creating danger for pedestrians.

Inconsiderate parking at Eastwood House and surrounding area is ruining grass and creating danger for pedestrians.

He is incensed that the council, who regulate parking in East Ren allow such inconsiderate and selfish parking, which he claims is putting his and his families lives at risk.

Mark said: “I am fed up constantly having to negotiate around cars who have blocked path entrances and exits, meaning that not only do I have to make lengthy detours if I dont want to push a pram across the mud, but I have to walk on the roadway, which, with parked cars on both sides, makes it a rat run for the racers!”

East Ren Council responded saying: “We are aware of the issues around parking within the Eastwood Park campus and we are currently looking into various measures to address them.

“Additional parking was created at the council offices last year to help alleviate the pressure on parking. Unfortunately, there are limitations to increase parking as we want to maintain as much green space in the park as possible.

“The double yellow lines in Eastwood Park are in place for advisory purposes only and to help manage traffic. It is disappointing that people ignore the double lines and obstruct paths.

“Our wardens are unable to issue fines as there are no traffic regulation orders in Eastwood Park. The only fines we are able to issue in the park is for the misuse of disabled bays.

“We are actively exploring options to address the problems which includes the possibility of introducing a traffic regulation order and installing bollards to prevent people from parking on the grass. We are also planning a campaign to promote considerate parking.

“We want to reassure our residents that safety in our parks is a high priority and we will do what we can within our resources to find a suitable solution which will allow residents to continue to enjoy the park.”

Mark rebutted that saying: “That’s all fine and well, but this council are not known for the speed at which they work.

“I suppose I could always claim them for damages given they are now fully aware of the risks I have to take in the park.”