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Fury over parking bays being reduced to single spaces

PUBLISHED: 23:37 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 October 2010

CAR owners living next to London’s famous Columbia flower market are furious that the local authority is reducing their residents’ parking spaces outside their homes. The council has marked parking bays around Columbia Road as individual spaces reducing the number of vehicles that can park

By Mike Brooke

CAR owners living next to London’s famous Columbia flower market are furious that the local authority is reducing their residents’ parking spaces outside their homes.

They are starting a petition this weekend after Tower Hamlets council marked parking bays around Columbia Road as individual spaces.

This reduces the number of cars parked in the streets as well as risking parking fines, they point out.

“You may get a ticket if you park across one of the new white lines separating each space—even if you have a parking permit,” said resident Nick Fiveash

NO LOGIC

“In one street we’ve lost 10 or 12 spaces, had eight spaces turned into five in another, 12 into nine and six into four in a third.”

There is no logical argument for painting the new lines—so we’re starting a petition.”

The residents have complained to the Town hall, but say the council won’t put the breaks on the new scheme.


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