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PARKING: Residents demand council action in Senacre Lane

Monday 12th April 2021

A LOCAL councillor is seeking a "proactive community resolution" after residents' claims Maidstone Borough Council is disinterested in solving a long-running parking problem.

Locals in Senacre Lane say inconsiderate parking means that bin lorries refuse to use the road meanings bins are not being emptied.

On one occasion, an ambulance was forced to park at one end and walk to the stricken patient.

Resident Mrs Val Chapman said: "Cars parked on corner of Senacre Lane are restricting access. Some cars are now parking across drives stopping people leaving their homes.

"Also our bins are not getting emptied. The MBC parking services department don’t seem interested."

MBC denied it is disinterested, saying: "The accurate position is that the council has no powers of enforcement that can be applied in this case.

"MBCs delegated Civil Parking Enforcement powers are governed by the placement of highway restrictions such as yellow lines supported by traffic regulation orders.

"In areas where no highway restrictions are marked on the highway, such as in this case, MBC has no legal powers to act where inconsiderate parking is observed. The offence of unnecessary obstruction of the highway, sits with Kent Police."

Shepway south councillor Eddie Powell said: "Clearly, there is a problem otherwise the residents wouldn't be telling me so.

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"I think the best way forward for this situation is for yellow lines on the opposite side of the road from people's drives.

"so, co-operation from MBC's parking team would be welcome.

"The head of parking services could even make a recommendation to Kent County Council rather than dismissing the concerns of residents. This is commonly known as proactive community resolution."

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