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Parking zone extension could lead to Beckenham gardens being paved over
FRONT gardens could be paved over and turned into car parks to get around the council’s ‘revenue generating scheme’ of making residents pay for parking permits.
One garden in Belmont Road is already being used as a driveway
The Clock House controlled parking zone is set to be extended to incorporate Belmont Road, Cromwell Road, Colesburg Road, Hampden Avenue, Hampden Road and Balgowan Road this month (July).
This means people living in these streets will have to pay £40 a year for a permit to park in the zone.
And Liz Higgins, of Belmont Road, says this could lead to homeowners getting rid of their front gardens and turning them into driveways.
She said: “In my road the front gardens are too small but there is one very canny older gentleman who has done this, so maybe others may join and turn our beautiful front gardens in to concrete.
“I know there was a road in Beckenham where they brought in controlled parking and residents turned it into a car park by paving their drives so the council took the zone away because it wasn’t making money.”
The 48-year-old says Bromley Council has not listened to the views of homeowners before deciding to bring in the scheme.
She said: “The council will mark bays that will be for resident use only between the hours of 10am to 12pm, Monday to Friday only.
“We would agree with it but those two hours between 10am and 12pm are quite ineffective.
“The only time we experience parking problems is school drop off, before 10am, school pick up, after 12noon and weekends therefore these restrictions are not benefiting residents.”
The sales director added: “In the 10 or 11 years I have lived here I have only not been able to park in my road a couple of times and that’s when an event has been going on in the park.”
Executive councillor for environment Councillor Colin Smith said: “The existing controlled parking zone in Clock House is being extended solely at the request of residents following lengthy consultation.
“We obviously understand that these measures are not universally popular, but the consensus was that such measures were needed to deter increased all day parking by visitors to the area, thereby denying spaces decently close to their homes for local residents with limited off street parking facilities.
“The cost of the permits, at £40, remains amongst the very cheapest across London.
“The scheme will be reviewed after six months to ensure it is serving the purpose it has been designed for, with any tweaks or minor adjustments which might prove necessary being made at that time.”