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Parking argument leaves Southgate road divided
Disagreements over parking restrictions have divided neighbours in a Southgate street.
Many people at the west end of Chelmsford Road in Southgate want a controlled parking zone (CPZ) which would stop commuters leaving their cars in the road all day without being charged - but those living at the centre and east of the street are opposed to the zone.
Now a reversal of Enfield Borough Council's plans to divide the street has those left without spaces by commuters feeling "disregarded".
Lesley McClymont lives at the west end of the street, which leads into Chase Side, and believes the road is unique.
She said: “This road is like no other, it has all sorts of housing down it and the level of traffic is completely different at each end.
“Our side gets so much traffic and parking it’s ridiculous. This is the only road around here which still has free parking all day and it is being exploited by commuters leaving us with very little parking.”
After splitting the road into three sections with votes being cast in each section, 81 per cent of 'west' Chelmsford Road voted in favour of a CPZ however ‘middle’ and ‘east’ Chelmsford voted against the decision.
Despite initially splitting the road into three sections, Enfield Borough Council scrapped the split and turned down the CPZ for the west side, leaving Ms McClymont incensed.
She said: “It was obvious that we had a clear majority of 81 per cent in our area of the road yet the council have completely disregarded this and we are still stuck with commuters parking in our section of the road all day long. It's scandalous.”
However Aydin Aziz, 60, lives on the east side and does not believe that this is a major issue. He thinks putting in a CPZ would only cause greater problems.
He said: “To be honest I think that this would cause a lot more issues in the road than solve. If you see down this end of the road there is plenty of empty spaces which people can park. I can understand where they are coming from but I can’t see how this will help the majority of the road.”
An Enfield Council spokesman said: “The council has undertaken extensive consultation in Chelmsford Road and the surrounding streets about a possible controlled parking zone to help residents park close to their homes.
“The most recent stage of consultation suggested that a CPZ was not supported in the area as a whole, although there was support from residents living in the western end of Chelmsford Road and a short section of Chase Road.
“The council has considered whether to implement a CPZ in just these the two areas but is mindful that this could potentially make the parking situation worse for residents in the rest of the area. On balance, given the lack of support across the whole of the affected area, the council has decided not to proceed with a CPZ at this stage.”
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