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‘Anguish’ over parking ‘anarchy’ causes Barking Riverside Ltd to review rules

PUBLISHED: 14:44 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 10 April 2017

This is how Barking Riverside is expected to look when complete, but residents say lack of car park planning is blighting the area already Picture: Barking Riverside Ltd

This is how Barking Riverside is expected to look when complete, but residents say lack of car park planning is blighting the area already Picture: Barking Riverside Ltd

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Poor planning has been blamed for parking “anarchy” and “chaos” as residents brand developers’ efforts a “complete failure”.

Barking Riverside Ltd (BRL) has been blamed for four years of “anguish” as people living in its growing development say unclear parking policy leads to confusion and fines for drivers unsure about the rules.

Andrew Boff, who lives in Chitworth Place, says he’s seen the group fail to introduce a fair parking plan three times since he moved there in 2013, adding last month’s introduction of permits allowing residents to park anywhere in the Barking Riverside development left people walking “huge distances” from their cars to their homes.

“It’s parking anarchy and it’s causing a considerable amount of anguish,” the 58-year-old said. “It’s created real frustration – they’re messing this up horrendously.”

He said lack of enforcement has even led to people parking on pavements, threatening the safety of pedestrians.

“They [BRL] have completely failed to ensure residents can park safely and out streets are kept safe,” he said. “It’s a danger to children to have parking on pavements.”

Neighbour Alex Sweeting, who chairs Barking Reach Residents’ Association, says a proper parking plan is vital in the “remote” development, which suffers from a lack of transport links.

Calling on BRL to enforce the one permit per resident rule, the 27-year-old said it needs to scrap some of the area’s double yellow lines after his fire safety check found them unnecessary.

“There are double yellow lines in places where you can fit two fire engines down the road even when there are cars parked on both sides,” he said. “The double yellow lines are overkill.”

A spokeswoman for BRL said it will take action against anybody parking on the pavement and is undertaking a review of the double yellow lines.

“The safety of our residents and visitors is paramount,” she said. “We have endeavoured to find the best solution by working with residents, and will continue to do so.

“BRL will review the existing double yellow lines on site, to identify any potential areas which may be considered safe for possible additional parking.”

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