Stansted: Removing residents' parking 'is not the solution to Grove Hill problem'
Residents blighted by lorries on Grove Hill have hit back at comments from Stansted’s Essex county councillor that if parking bays were removed the problem would be eased.
Cllr Ray Gooding made the statement in response to calls for bollards to be installed along the pavements and for tougher restrictions to deter lorries flouting the 7.5-tonne weight restriction.
Residents are also demanding compensation from Essex Highways for regular damage to their vehicles and property as they maintain pressure for a resolution.
Cllr Gooding, who retained his Stansted division seat on Essex County Council in May's local elections, said: “I’ve suggested all along that if you remove parking from the top of Grove Hill the through flow of traffic would be easier and everybody who doesn’t live their agreed with that.”
But residents responded: “Contrary to what he says, there are practical solutions to this that highways can introduce – raised kerbs, strategically placed bollards, removal of HGVs, speed cameras.
"All this has been requested for years, and as highways and Ray and SMPC [Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council] have done little to implement these, then they should be held accountable for any damage."
Another added: “The road is narrow all the way up to the bend. Vehicles will still have the problem of trying to squeeze past each other. Which has nothing to do with the bays. It’s because the vehicles that use the road are too big for it.”
Said another: “His misconstrued view on removing Grove Hill bays that ‘everybody who doesn’t live there agreed with that’ is totally untrue and a speculative guess of his own opinion.”
Cllr Gooding said on the issue earlier in June: "It’s very difficult and I have sympathy for the residents. There’s nothing worse than finding your car has been scratched or hit, but it really doesn’t make it the responsibility of highways. Highways will not humour the idea of compensation because ultimate responsibility is not theirs. And just because there is nothing practical that can be done doesn’t mean that highways haven’t done anything."
Grove Hill would be trialling a new CCTV surveillance system to tackle those flouting the restrictions following new Government legislation.