Council advice: Kerb your enthusiasm
PRESSURE is mounting on Central Beds Council (CBC) to take action over the commuter parking problems near Leighton train station, after disaffected residents voicing growing concerns over safety,
Several homeowners contacted the LBO this week to vent their frustration over the lack of progress, having been told in March that a solution would be in place by the summer.
The problems are most acute in Grange Close and Orchard Road, where an ever-increasing number of commuters seek to avoid train station parking fees by leaving their cars in the narrow residential streets.
Grange Close resident Janette Couper told how her disabled husband is often forced to risk walking down the middle of the road because the pavement is blocked by vehicles.
Despite the evident issues, Mrs Couper is resolutely against a parking permit scheme - believed to be the CBC preferred solution - as resident’s with three cars would be forced to pay as much as £210 a year for the privilege of parking outside their homes.
She said: “It’s an absolute farce that people are being put in serious danger and yet we’re still no nearer to a decision.
“The parking permit scheme is plain wrong and we as residents would want a referendum before consenting to any such scheme.
“Forcing people to pay over £200 just because commuters are too tight to pay for parking is just plain wrong.”
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