Apology from council over consultation confusion on parking issues

THURROCK Council has been forced into yet another apology to residents over parking issues and has halted further works on a town’s parking management.

However, it has defended itself against accusations that it showed a lack of communication and consultation.

Last week (Tuesday, 29 October) the Thurrock Independent reported on concerns expressed by residents in Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope, after council workers removed yellow lines that prevented parking on parts of the busy road.

Residents claimed they knew little about the decision and that it was a flawed one which caused jeopardy to motorists and pedestrians because parked cars were creating an obstruction and creating problems with vision.

The Thurrock Independent raised the matter with the council and today received a response which is: “The council apologises that a consultation has not already been carried out with residents.

“A letter was sent to residents and ward members at the end of August asking for comments and feedback. Feedback was mixed and the Council is now going through the process to assess each comment and location on its own merits.

“The single yellow lines were removed with the intention to replace these with double yellow lines across accesses and drop kerbs to tackle unauthorised parking on these roads.

“Following discussions with ward members, these works have been placed on hold whilst the council further engages with residents about the works. Properties in Wharf Road and surrounding roads with a dropped kerb were sent a letter outlining details of the proposed works.”

2019 has seen a litany of council cock-ups and apologies.