New parking restrictions to deter commuters in three Lower Sheering roads divides neighbours
New parking restrictions due to be brought in to three roads in Lower Sheering have sparked a mixed reaction from residents, with some welcoming them while others saying they will make their lives a misery.
Yellow lines have been painted in The Four Acres, Meadow Way and Ash Groves, banning parking from 10am to 11am, in a bid to deter train commuters who use Sawbridge-worth railway station and holidaymakers who fly from Stansted Airport from leaving their cars in the roads.
Many residents posting on the Sawbridgeworth Facebook group welcomed the move, saying it has been a long time coming. But others claim they were not consulted and say it puts those without driveways in a difficult position.
Marion Hill posted the news to the group last week saying: “At last we have parking restrictions in Lower Sheering – no more parking for the station or people going on holiday.”
She added it had taken years to get the restrictions and suggested people with front gardens could convert them into driveways.
Nicola Bailey, of Ash Groves, said she was very pleased to have the yellow lines, claiming she had seen people with suitcases park up then call a taxi, leaving their car parked for weeks at a time. She suggested those without drives ask a neighbour if they could “borrow” theirs.
But Sharon Mitchell said it was unfair to people living in village cottages who had no parking or space to create a drive. Sharon suggested issuing parking permits to residents and added: “Don’t let a few selfish people who don’t want to pay station car park prices ruin it for the residents of the area.”
Hayley Hills said the parking restrictions had stressed her family out “to the max” and feared her family would get numerous parking tickets and there would be no more overnight stays for grandparents. She added: “I’ve had no notification of this happening and to put up a notice during lockdown is a complete disgrace.”
The restrictions are being brought in by North Essex Parking Partnership. It is not believed they will be active until notices are erected in the roads informing drivers.
Proposals for the restrictions were reported to have been posted on Epping Forest District Council’s website and on a community noticeboard next to a bus stop in Sheering Lower Road.