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Bonkers Blog September 2014

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2 September (Part 1) - Abbey Wood parking gets even more difficult

TweetA month ago I heard the traders near Abbey Wood Station complaining about the downturn in trade following the removal of about 16 parking spaces due to Crossrail construction. Customers, it was said, were complaining of nowhere to park and sometimes going away. One of the traders asked me about organising a petition and I told him that Bexley council generally throws away residents’ petitions and his best bet was to get a Lesnes Abbey councillor on side and I passed on their contact details to him.

On 12th August I emailed councillor Danny Hackett to let him know what I had done and why but without specifically seeking his assistance. His reply said he was keeping his eye on the situation and would speak to the shopkeepers. This he did as you can see from his Tweet.

It is difficult to see how the situation could be improved given the need to provide access for large vehicles and lay railway track so close to Gayton Road. The only room for improvement I can see is that the proportion of Disabled Bays was always rather high and now the proportion has been approximately doubled. The situation cannot be allowed to get any worse but it would appear that it just has.

On the Thamesmead side of the railway 21 parking spaces were taken away yesterday. The spaces along Harrow Manorway were mainly used by all day commuters but their loss will inevitably have knock on effects.

Harrow Manorway No Parking Bus Stop Traffic Order

No ParkingThe signs were erected yesterday morning and as the spaces were fully occupied no yellow lines were painted. The bus stop had been taken out of use too.

The curious thing is that the Traffic Order was issued by Greenwich council. According to my A-Z the borough border goes along the middle of Harrow Manorway and Lensbury Way is definitely in Bexley, so why is Greenwich council legislating over Lensbury Way? See Photo 4, paragraph 1ii.

Meanwhile nearer the railway station Bexley council has banned parking just where it could be easily and safely provided.

 

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