Call for residents' permits in Beaconsfield after parking ticket shock

Bucks Free Press: Andy Ridgley with wife Wendy and Beverley Knight Andy Ridgley with wife Wendy and Beverley Knight

RESIDENTS have parked their cars on the streets of Beaconsfield for many years without fear of a traffic warden.

But many drivers are now being hit with £35 fines after private parking firm NSL took over enforcement duties from the town’s police officers at the start of December.

Several roads in the New Town have hour-long waiting restrictions to stop drivers parking all day, though until recently, a lack of police resources meant this usually went unpunished.

Wendy Ridgley, who lives on Garvin Avenue, was issued with a parking ticket just before Christmas. The 49-year-old said: "We’ve been parking there for 15 years and never had a problem.

"I’ve not got a driveway and now I can’t leave my car on the road. I have to worry about moving it every day now.

"It’s horrendous to be treating the residents like this. I know we would have to pay for permits but I’d rather do that."

Neighbour Beverley Knight, 53, who also got a ticket last month, said: "There’s about 20 people on the road who have had tickets.

"We’ve parked on these yellow lines for years and nothing has ever happened. Suddenly everyone has started getting tickets. We haven’t been offered permits or anything."

NSL is contracted by Bucks County Council, whose transport boss Peter Hardy said: "We’ll be meeting with the residents shortly to discuss the situation.

"We are looking at whether there’s anything we can do for them in the short-term. We definitely want to help. The difficulty is the time it will take to introduce parking permits."

The council is currently conducting a wider review of parking within Beaconsfield, which could result in restrictions being introduced on more roads near the station (see related links).

This came after some residents complained about rail commuters parking in their road and blocking driveways.

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3:35pm Wed 23 Jan 13

pennman says...

They are arguing because they've become accustomed to the law not being enforced for 15 years and as a result they've benefited for the same period!!!
Post Office Lane is worst of all. People in the affordable housing moved there knowing there were double yellow lines and are now refusing to pay the fine as 'they don't have anywhere else to pay'! That won't wash in Central London (or anywher else in the country) so why do the residents of PO Lane think it is an acceptable excuse in Beaconsfield?
They are arguing because they've become accustomed to the law not being enforced for 15 years and as a result they've benefited for the same period!!! Post Office Lane is worst of all. People in the affordable housing moved there knowing there were double yellow lines and are now refusing to pay the fine as 'they don't have anywhere else to pay'! That won't wash in Central London (or anywher else in the country) so why do the residents of PO Lane think it is an acceptable excuse in Beaconsfield? pennman

10:00am Thu 24 Jan 13

gotanybiscuits? says...

This isn't THE Beverley Knight, is it?
This isn't THE Beverley Knight, is it? gotanybiscuits?

10:35am Thu 24 Jan 13

pennman says...

gotanybiscuits? wrote:
This isn't THE Beverley Knight, is it?
with Andrew Ridgeley too
[quote][p][bold]gotanybiscuits?[/bold] wrote: This isn't THE Beverley Knight, is it?[/p][/quote]with Andrew Ridgeley too pennman

6:18pm Thu 24 Jan 13

gotanybiscuits? says...

pennman wrote:
gotanybiscuits? wrote:
This isn't THE Beverley Knight, is it?
with Andrew Ridgeley too
Doh!!
I'll be round with my autograph book during the weekend.
[quote][p][bold]pennman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gotanybiscuits?[/bold] wrote: This isn't THE Beverley Knight, is it?[/p][/quote]with Andrew Ridgeley too[/p][/quote]Doh!! I'll be round with my autograph book during the weekend. gotanybiscuits?

6:53pm Thu 24 Jan 13

JSCBUCKS says...

Some people in Garvin Avenue tack the mick!!

I brought on this road and parking is bad. Lucky I have a drive, but its a risk for kids and elderly crossing.

People park all day to save on rail travel. Now something is done about it and some residents complain.

Maybe these residents are the ones who live in council accommodation? Really should not complain. Work hard and buy a house with a drive.

Mind you some council houses on the road noted by the new roofs do have drives!! They win all round while hard workers lose out!!
Some people in Garvin Avenue tack the mick!! I brought on this road and parking is bad. Lucky I have a drive, but its a risk for kids and elderly crossing. People park all day to save on rail travel. Now something is done about it and some residents complain. Maybe these residents are the ones who live in council accommodation? Really should not complain. Work hard and buy a house with a drive. Mind you some council houses on the road noted by the new roofs do have drives!! They win all round while hard workers lose out!! JSCBUCKS

8:31pm Thu 24 Jan 13

retchub says...

and I thought double yellow lines meant NO PARKING !!!! stop winging . must be a car park somewhere
and I thought double yellow lines meant NO PARKING !!!! stop winging . must be a car park somewhere retchub

9:52am Fri 25 Jan 13

Llenlleawc says...

I just wish we had this kind of parking enforcement on Totteridge Avenue in High Wycombe! The number if inconsiderate idiots parking on the double yellow lines of junctions in the early evenings is silly. It'd only take a few days of tickets and I'm sure the problem would go away very quickly.
I just wish we had this kind of parking enforcement on Totteridge Avenue in High Wycombe! The number if inconsiderate idiots parking on the double yellow lines of junctions in the early evenings is silly. It'd only take a few days of tickets and I'm sure the problem would go away very quickly. Llenlleawc

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