Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Neighbours upset over parking

RESIDENTS of two streets in Sonning Common are feuding over parking, it has been claimed.

RESIDENTS of two streets in Sonning Common are feuding over parking, it has been claimed.

Katie Robertson said that the lack of spaces in Pages Orchard, where she lives, and nearby Ashford Avenue, was causing tension among neighbours.

She raised the issue during public question time at a Sonning Common Parish Council meeting last week.

Mrs Robertson, who has lived in Pages Orchard for nine years, said the problem was caused by a change in the type of the people living there.

She said there used to be mainly elderly residents with few vehicles whereas now there were more young families with cars.

â??The problem is escalating in Pages Orchard and Ashford Avenue and itâ??s going to reach a really bad conclusion,â?� said Mrs Roberston.

â??People are fighting with each other and itâ??s getting worse; itâ??s out of control. Itâ??s not going to go away and I really feel that something serious will happen.â?�

Four residents raised concerns about parking problems at a parish council meeting in November.

They said there often wasnâ??t room for cars to turn round or to allow emergency vehicles through. The council is considering turning a grass area into parking spaces for about 10 cars using â??grasscreteâ?�, concrete which allows grass to grow through it but this could could cost up to £60,000.

Parish clerk Philip Collings said: â??Even if it was half that amount, it is still a lot of money to raise and still doesnâ??t free up a lot of space.â?�

He said the council should speak to the South Oxfordshire Housing Association, which owns many of the homes in the two streets. Council vice-chairman John Stoves suggested that a fenced-off piece of land owned by Soha could be opened up for parking but Mr Collings said the site was not easily accessible.

He said village police community support officer Colin Boyes was aware of the issue.

Chairman Douglas Kedge said the council was taking the problem seriously, adding: â??We will do our utmost to resolve it.â?�

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