Residents slam Barking Riverside double yellow lines
PUBLISHED: 19:00 12 May 2015
A group of residents have slammed plans to paint double yellow lines outside their Barking Riverside homes.
Habib Quazi, of Lawes Road, has handed in a petition containing more than 200 signatures to Pinnacle Places, the estate’s development managers.
But with no sign of any alternative being proposed, the physiotherapist and dad-of-four, who also looks after his elderly mother, is beginning to give up hope.
“They’re just trying to isolate us even more,” the 53-year-old said.
“There is loads of space on the roads and yet they’re just trying to limit us.
“My mother struggles to walk and my four children are physiotherapists who may have to visit clients at any time – so we need our cars close to the house.”
The Post understands that an agreement made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 restricts the number of parking spaces in the development, requiring the need for double-yellow lines.
But IT analyst Qhurram Jamal, 39, of Middleton Grove, believes the proposals are damaging for those that live there.
“It’s a huge problem,” he said. “Pinnacle have gone so far as to say they’re doubting the petition and that’s just not on.
“The council have shot themselves in the foot by allowing them to have own way.
“It could mean they [Pinnacle] bring in draconian 24-hour cameras and double yellow lines which you don’t even see in central London. It’s just a scheme for their own financial gains.”
A spokesman for Pinnacle said: “Pinnacle Places are the managing agents acting on behalf of Barking Riverside Ltd – a joint venture between the Greater London Authority and Bellway Homes who are leading on the delivery of this new community.
“As part of the original planning permission only one parking space was allocated for each home.
“We have been working with residents and leaseholders to find a flexible solution to managing parking and ensuring access.”
A spokesman for Barking and Dagenham Council said: “The area in question is an ‘un-adopted public highway’ and therefore outside of our jurisdiction.”
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