Workers accuse council of creating parking chaos
EMPLOYEES at a flagship office development in Torquay have blamed Torbay Council for creating parking chaos in streets around the site.
A lack of parking space at the multi-million pound Edginswell Business Park has forced staff from some of the Bay's most prestigious firms to leave their cars in residential areas.
This has led to confrontations with residents who are angry at being displaced.
The situation has been branded 'crazy' by local residents and an embarrassment to the £30million hi-spec development which opened in 2010.
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The council says it will meet to discuss any problems, but in the meantime workers should think about car sharing, cycling or catching the bus.
The problem started in December when the council started to enforce double yellow line restrictions on roads directly outside the offices.
Until then staff who could not find a space in the car park had been leaving their vehicles on the roads.
But as a result of the crackdown workers are now parking further away from the offices in the residential streets around Newton Road.
Melanie Birchell, director at financial firm Pavey Group, said: "Since the council enforced the double yellow lines they have taken away additional parking. There is not enough availability and people are upset and angry."
Rob Newman, partner at Kitsons, said: "They were not causing any obstruction. The roads don't lead anywhere.
"It would have been courteous of the council to give us a call before issuing tickets.
"It is not like the town centre where all sorts of people are coming and going and taking spaces. They would have known who was parking there.
"I don't see why they need double yellow lines there. It is not necessary, particularly on both sides of the road."
Some residents have been leaving notes on cars parked in their streets. Others have stood by and watched staff park and called the businesses to complain.
One worker said staff felt intimidated.
He added: "Staff have nowhere to park without encroaching on residential areas. We fully sympathise with the residents, but what can we do? The council is pushing us further away from the office to park."
Barry Dunnage, chairman of Edginswell Residents Association, said: "The council has created a problem now by enforcing the rules. People have migrated to roads some of which are quite narrow. It's a major problem and a source of potential danger."
He said some cars were parking on the bend between Edginswell Close and Collaton Road. The council spokesman said: "Transport planning officers in our environmental policy team would be pleased to meet with employers and the Edginswell site owners to discuss travel planning methods, including car sharing, possible provision of facilities for cyclists and the greater use of public transport in a bid to manage demand for parking more effectively.
"The yellow lines within the roads of the Edginswell business park were implemented as part of the original road construction, and were approved as part of the planning and highway adoption process.
"They have been in place since the road was formally adopted and any businesses moving into the park would have been aware of the restrictions."