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Changes to Wanstead controlled parking zone welcomed by residents

PUBLISHED: 13:40 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:41 23 May 2013

The parking war that has raged in Wanstead village came to an almost amicable conclusion on Monday night, with residents agreeing to proposed changes.

More than 130 people turned out to the area one committee meeting in Wanstead Church School, Church Path to hear about the proposals.

Public speaker after public speaker made their views felt with more than 20 stating how the controlled parking zone, put in place a year ago, had impacted on their lives.

The hours when parking is banned on certain streets will be changed, as well as the roads they apply to.

Tracy Ransom, 38, of Gordon Road, Wanstead, who has been campaigning for the changes and carried out a survey of business owners, said she was extremely pleased with the result.

Miss Ransom said: “We are thrilled. We want mums to be able to park there and be able to access the community.”

During the past year she said her road has suffered from the knock-on effect of people not being able to park in neighbouring streets.

This was particularly dangerous around St Joseph’s Convent School, Cambridge Park which is at the end of Gordon Road.

She said: “It’s always been bad during school drop off times but the people in our road know that and avoid those times.

“Now it’s chock-a-block all day long because of the controlled parking zone as they are just coming to the next road which was inevitable.”

The changes, which were voted through, mean no parking will be allowed in Addison Road, Dangan Road and Spratt Hall Road at the Cambridge Park end between 11am and noon.

There will also be the same rule for Chaucer Road at the Spratt Hall Road end.

Furthermore, the gravelled area outside Christ Church, Wanstead Place, Wanstead will now not allow parking from 11am-noon.

Paul Tuner, from the Wanstead Practice Patients Group, Wanstead Place, Wanstead said the gravel area outside the church is used by patients visiting the surgery. “Many patients are coming late as they cannot park and have to walk long distances. You cannot know how long it will take to see the doctor,” he added.

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