Saturday, April 07, 2007

It's Nice to Park

A parking space, any parking space within walking distance of one's home in London is increasingly a fraught issue, with news yesterday that a pregnant woman was shot dead in her hallway yesterday over a parking row between neighbours.

It rather brings us back to the planning dilemma all over again. Where we lived before had a private drive for the residents - an off street cul de sac - and although it was crowded, one could normally park one's car in the space allocated for each house with the number on it. Occasionally, cars would come off the street and park in these but it wasn't normally a problem.

Just before coming back to Thanet, a new housing complex was built over the top of what used to be the retirement home across the road. Under regulations, it had it's own parking but if one visits the area now, one can see the result.

One car per unit or even 1.5 cars per unit doesn't work. I see the residents of my old area have taken to putting a chain across the entrance and cars are now back to back all down the road. Better 2.5 cars per unit when you take visitors into account as well.

In London today, a private parking space adds signifcantly to the price of a house and a walk along some of the narrower streets in Thanet quickly demonstrates that the same pressures are starting to be seen here now.


Anonymous said...

Visiting a friend in Cliftonville now requires sturdy walking boots as a result of a spreading rash of drop-kerbs. You cannot find a spaceto park but the street has lots of empty space on the road in front of dropped kerbs! Most of the houses are large terraced homes with a growing number in multi-occupancy.

Selfish next-door neighbours with 5 cars in the household (dad's, mum's, the lad's van, the lad's car and the girl's car) who do not extend any courtesy to my friend,leave him apoplectic on occasions! Time for rationing cars per household rather than charging us all for journeys!

Doctor Doom said...

Park Road in Ramsgate is a fine example of where the lack of joined-up thinking on roadside parking and planning is causing problems to local residents.

With double yellows down one side of the road and unrestricted parking on the other there seemed to be adequate parking for all on the approach to Boundary Road.

Then suddenly several house-occupiers on the unrestricted parking side decided to have drives - in some cases double drives - installed on their front gardens. The result: most of the unrestricted parking space available suddenly vanished, leaving those without drives suddenly with out parking space. No planning permission was sought or granted for these drives.

The disadvantaged residents joined together and wrote to TDC, KCC and to Dr Ladyman, MP, and after the usual exchange of letters and assurances the matter was being treated seriously, the councils decided it was tough luck on those without parking spaces. Needless to say Dr Ladyman had nothing more to say...

Meanwhile those with new drives and double drives have vastly increased their house values, but curiously mostly still park on the road outside. Of course if anyone else did that they would be blocking the drive and no doubt be penalised accordingly.

Anonymous said...

They do require TDC approval to install a dropped curb as it is an interference with the footpath which is TDC's responsibility. You can check with Planning Office if necessary and ask them to act against anyone who has dropped a curb without TDc's approval. In the meantime, a dropped curb that is not legit can be ignored, although neighbourly relationships could get muderously heated. Good luck and wear a flak jacket!