Waltham Forest Echo

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Chingford residents form barricade to stop double yellow lines

Police have attended the scene

Hero for Chingford residents form barricade to stop double yellow lines
The barricade at the entrance to Chivers Road (credit: Julie Anderson)

Outraged residents have come out in force to stop double yellow lines being painted on their road today.Outraged residents have come out in force to stop double yellow lines being painted on their road today.

Residents of Chivers Road, Chingford, are in a dispute with Waltham Forest Council over a decision, made last December, to prohibit parking on one side of the road.Residents of Chivers Road, Chingford, are in a dispute with Waltham Forest Council over a decision, made last December, to prohibit parking on one side of the road.

Last week, highways staff planning to paint yellow lines were forced to give up after residents vowed to block their way, claiming the council had not put up “proper signage”.Last week, highways staff planning to paint yellow lines were forced to give up after residents vowed to block their way, claiming the council had not put up “proper signage”.

Today, anticipating a second attempt, residents have created a blockade out of bins and chairs and sprayed water from their hoses to wet the road. Today, anticipating a second attempt, residents have created a blockade out of bins and chairs and sprayed water from their hoses to wet the road.

Police speaking to residents (credit: Julie Anderson)Police speaking to residents (credit: Julie Anderson)

Police have attended the scene and listened to residents’ concerns, according to resident Julie Anderson, who added: “They can see that everyone in the street is objecting.”Police have attended the scene and listened to residents’ concerns, according to resident Julie Anderson, who added: “They can see that everyone in the street is objecting.”

Some residents have even put out chairs and are sharing tea and biscuits.Some residents have even put out chairs and are sharing tea and biscuits.

The council says wider road space is needed to allow access to emergency services, following an incident raised by the London Fire Brigade last year.The council says wider road space is needed to allow access to emergency services, following an incident raised by the London Fire Brigade last year.

The London Fire Brigade confirmed that it raised concerns about the road’s width in September last year, when a crew had to walk 100m by foot to reach a property at the bottom of the cul-de-sac.The London Fire Brigade confirmed that it raised concerns about the road’s width in September last year, when a crew had to walk 100m by foot to reach a property at the bottom of the cul-de-sac.

Many of the residents are adamant that a compromise could be reached if the council allowed curb parking, which is in place on similarly sized roads parallel to Chivers Road.Many of the residents are adamant that a compromise could be reached if the council allowed curb parking, which is in place on similarly sized roads parallel to Chivers Road.

However, in a letter from director of highways and traffic management Vala Valavan, sent in September, residents were told the pavement is “not wide enough” to allow curb parking.However, in a letter from director of highways and traffic management Vala Valavan, sent in September, residents were told the pavement is “not wide enough” to allow curb parking.

A complaint about the council’s handling of the dispute - made by resident Debora Wright, who collected a petition with 52 signatures against the parking changes - was rejected by the Local Government Ombudsman earlier this month.A complaint about the council’s handling of the dispute - made by resident Debora Wright, who collected a petition with 52 signatures against the parking changes - was rejected by the Local Government Ombudsman earlier this month.

When contacted for comment, deputy council leader Clyde Loakes said a "detailed evaluation" had "concluded double yellow lines was the only workable solution" to access issues on the road.When contacted for comment, deputy council leader Clyde Loakes said a "detailed evaluation" had "concluded double yellow lines was the only workable solution" to access issues on the road.

He added: “The decision... is solely in response to concerns raised by residents and the London Fire Brigade about emergency service access, as well as waste collection challenges. He added: “The decision... is solely in response to concerns raised by residents and the London Fire Brigade about emergency service access, as well as waste collection challenges.

"On 22nd June we delivered letters to inform residents of works to be carried out today, as well as installing parking suspension notices in the area."On 22nd June we delivered letters to inform residents of works to be carried out today, as well as installing parking suspension notices in the area.

“While historical decisions have permitted curb parking in some nearby roads, it has been ruled out as an option as it hinders legitimate pavement users.“While historical decisions have permitted curb parking in some nearby roads, it has been ruled out as an option as it hinders legitimate pavement users.

"[These include] pedestrians, families with young children and buggies and those with mobility requirements, such as using with mobility scooters. This is in line with London legislation preventing pavement parking.”"[These include] pedestrians, families with young children and buggies and those with mobility requirements, such as using with mobility scooters. This is in line with London legislation preventing pavement parking.”