Residents call for parking restrictions in Dorchester

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RESIDENTS in Dorchester are calling for parking restrictions to be introduced in their once ‘quiet residential street’.

Members of Dorchester Town Council ’s traffic panel discussed local concern over parking in Queen’s Avenue at a meeting yesterday.

The issue was raised after a number of residents contacted the town council to express their frustration with increasing congestion caused by the introduction of parking restrictions in adjacent roads.

Diane Brown wrote to the council and said the problem had also been exacerbated by the closure of part of the Charles Street car park in the town centre, which was limiting parking in the town centre.

She said: “The road is no longer a quiet residential street, but is now somewhere to park your car within convenient walking distance of work, the market, town or station.”

Ieuan Adlam-Hill added: “It is no longer a pleasant tree-lined avenue but has become a car park.

“Cars are double parked, not only for long periods of the working day to avoid charges or restrictions elsewhere in the town, but for weeks on end.”

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1:44pm Tue 18 Sep 12

shy talk says...

Most of the house's along Queen's Avenue have driveways and off road parking. This smacks of not down my road. Residents of Queen's Avenue come and look at Williams Avenue in Wyke Regis. There is just enough room for one vehicle to move up or down the road due to parked cars on both sides of the road, a fire engine might just make it.
Most of the house's along Queen's Avenue have driveways and off road parking. This smacks of not down my road. Residents of Queen's Avenue come and look at Williams Avenue in Wyke Regis. There is just enough room for one vehicle to move up or down the road due to parked cars on both sides of the road, a fire engine might just make it. shy talk
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2:11pm Tue 18 Sep 12

The Big One says...

Sounds like I got a big house in a WIDE leafy road and don't want the rif raff down there!!!
Sounds like I got a big house in a WIDE leafy road and don't want the rif raff down there!!! The Big One
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3:10pm Tue 18 Sep 12

marabout says...

I totally agree with both previous comments. This is nothing more than NIMBY. Queens Avenue is not a "Quiet residential street". At one end there are local Businesses, medical surgeries and at the other end there are 2 schools.

Queens avenue is a wide and open street. All of the residents have off road parking in the manner of driveways and all of the houses have garages.

There is no requirement to provide parking restrictions here.
I totally agree with both previous comments. This is nothing more than NIMBY. Queens Avenue is not a "Quiet residential street". At one end there are local Businesses, medical surgeries and at the other end there are 2 schools. Queens avenue is a wide and open street. All of the residents have off road parking in the manner of driveways and all of the houses have garages. There is no requirement to provide parking restrictions here. marabout
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3:26pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Dorset Boy says...

Charles Street car park has nothing to do with the Problem in Queens Ave. It all started when DCC decided to put residents parking in Dagmar Rd, Olga Rd, Edward Rd, Louise Rd and Coburg Rd. This was because the residents complained about hospital staff parking for free instead of using the staff carpark at the hospital. Just another way for DCC to fill their coffers by charging for resident parking, with NO guarantee of a space near residents home.
Charles Street car park has nothing to do with the Problem in Queens Ave. It all started when DCC decided to put residents parking in Dagmar Rd, Olga Rd, Edward Rd, Louise Rd and Coburg Rd. This was because the residents complained about hospital staff parking for free instead of using the staff carpark at the hospital. Just another way for DCC to fill their coffers by charging for resident parking, with NO guarantee of a space near residents home. Dorset Boy
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3:54pm Tue 18 Sep 12

shy talk says...

Once residents want parking permits. It all starts with a minimum amount to pay for their permit and all are happy. Then the councils increase the cost every year and then the residents who wanted resident parking permits, start complaining at the cost. Once councils have a financial claw the price will only go up. And to revoke the idea is impossible.
Once residents want parking permits. It all starts with a minimum amount to pay for their permit and all are happy. Then the councils increase the cost every year and then the residents who wanted resident parking permits, start complaining at the cost. Once councils have a financial claw the price will only go up. And to revoke the idea is impossible. shy talk
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4:48pm Tue 18 Sep 12

JACKC says...

What total snobs!! How we would ALL like to park on our drives and have NO ONE park along the kerb, despite paying road tax, insurance and MOT. Wonder who lives here then to get that all changed!! Perhaps the residents should be charged for the upkeep of the road etc seeing as they seem to want it privatized. What a cheek!!
What total snobs!! How we would ALL like to park on our drives and have NO ONE park along the kerb, despite paying road tax, insurance and MOT. Wonder who lives here then to get that all changed!! Perhaps the residents should be charged for the upkeep of the road etc seeing as they seem to want it privatized. What a cheek!! JACKC
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6:03pm Tue 18 Sep 12

dontbuyit says...

Whoa! please get off your smug high horses. I drive that road every day to the school and it can be a nightmare. Because of the parking on both sides of the road it is restricted to one lane and because it's a dead end at the school all the traffic going to the school has to return down it, meeting all the traffic going the other way. School events are a nightmare and we even had to call the police once to sort out the gridlock that occurred. At the junction of Weymouth Rd during morning and evening 'rush hour' it can take ages for a good soul to let you out of Queens Ave onto the main road which builds up the traffic behind you and prevents anyone entering Queens Ave. Just because the residents live in big houses doesn't mean they're Nimbys, this is a real problem and if a fire engine was needed during the busy times there is no way it could get down the Avenue quickly.
Whoa! please get off your smug high horses. I drive that road every day to the school and it can be a nightmare. Because of the parking on both sides of the road it is restricted to one lane and because it's a dead end at the school all the traffic going to the school has to return down it, meeting all the traffic going the other way. School events are a nightmare and we even had to call the police once to sort out the gridlock that occurred. At the junction of Weymouth Rd during morning and evening 'rush hour' it can take ages for a good soul to let you out of Queens Ave onto the main road which builds up the traffic behind you and prevents anyone entering Queens Ave. Just because the residents live in big houses doesn't mean they're Nimbys, this is a real problem and if a fire engine was needed during the busy times there is no way it could get down the Avenue quickly. dontbuyit
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7:15pm Tue 18 Sep 12

unexpected error says...

dontbuyit wrote:
Whoa! please get off your smug high horses. I drive that road every day to the school and it can be a nightmare. Because of the parking on both sides of the road it is restricted to one lane and because it's a dead end at the school all the traffic going to the school has to return down it, meeting all the traffic going the other way. School events are a nightmare and we even had to call the police once to sort out the gridlock that occurred. At the junction of Weymouth Rd during morning and evening 'rush hour' it can take ages for a good soul to let you out of Queens Ave onto the main road which builds up the traffic behind you and prevents anyone entering Queens Ave. Just because the residents live in big houses doesn't mean they're Nimbys, this is a real problem and if a fire engine was needed during the busy times there is no way it could get down the Avenue quickly.
Course, in the old days kids walked or got on a bus to go to school! (waits for barrage of parental abuse!!!)
[quote][p][bold]dontbuyit[/bold] wrote: Whoa! please get off your smug high horses. I drive that road every day to the school and it can be a nightmare. Because of the parking on both sides of the road it is restricted to one lane and because it's a dead end at the school all the traffic going to the school has to return down it, meeting all the traffic going the other way. School events are a nightmare and we even had to call the police once to sort out the gridlock that occurred. At the junction of Weymouth Rd during morning and evening 'rush hour' it can take ages for a good soul to let you out of Queens Ave onto the main road which builds up the traffic behind you and prevents anyone entering Queens Ave. Just because the residents live in big houses doesn't mean they're Nimbys, this is a real problem and if a fire engine was needed during the busy times there is no way it could get down the Avenue quickly.[/p][/quote]Course, in the old days kids walked or got on a bus to go to school! (waits for barrage of parental abuse!!!) unexpected error
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6:02pm Fri 21 Sep 12

JamesYoung says...

unexpected error wrote:
dontbuyit wrote:
Whoa! please get off your smug high horses. I drive that road every day to the school and it can be a nightmare. Because of the parking on both sides of the road it is restricted to one lane and because it's a dead end at the school all the traffic going to the school has to return down it, meeting all the traffic going the other way. School events are a nightmare and we even had to call the police once to sort out the gridlock that occurred. At the junction of Weymouth Rd during morning and evening 'rush hour' it can take ages for a good soul to let you out of Queens Ave onto the main road which builds up the traffic behind you and prevents anyone entering Queens Ave. Just because the residents live in big houses doesn't mean they're Nimbys, this is a real problem and if a fire engine was needed during the busy times there is no way it could get down the Avenue quickly.
Course, in the old days kids walked or got on a bus to go to school! (waits for barrage of parental abuse!!!)
I'm with dontbuyit. It is a nighmare down there and people park so close to those leafy drives that you refer to that pulling out of them is not easy either. I visit the doctors surgery down there from time to time and at school times, it is a mess. Many of the kids at Hardyes don't live in Dorchester so can't walk to school. I think a far better question to ask is why so many people who work at the hospital cant walk to work.
[quote][p][bold]unexpected error[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dontbuyit[/bold] wrote: Whoa! please get off your smug high horses. I drive that road every day to the school and it can be a nightmare. Because of the parking on both sides of the road it is restricted to one lane and because it's a dead end at the school all the traffic going to the school has to return down it, meeting all the traffic going the other way. School events are a nightmare and we even had to call the police once to sort out the gridlock that occurred. At the junction of Weymouth Rd during morning and evening 'rush hour' it can take ages for a good soul to let you out of Queens Ave onto the main road which builds up the traffic behind you and prevents anyone entering Queens Ave. Just because the residents live in big houses doesn't mean they're Nimbys, this is a real problem and if a fire engine was needed during the busy times there is no way it could get down the Avenue quickly.[/p][/quote]Course, in the old days kids walked or got on a bus to go to school! (waits for barrage of parental abuse!!!)[/p][/quote]I'm with dontbuyit. It is a nighmare down there and people park so close to those leafy drives that you refer to that pulling out of them is not easy either. I visit the doctors surgery down there from time to time and at school times, it is a mess. Many of the kids at Hardyes don't live in Dorchester so can't walk to school. I think a far better question to ask is why so many people who work at the hospital cant walk to work. JamesYoung
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12:49pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Will706 says...

I can see both sides of the equation on this argument and yes the road is restricted with vehicles parked on both sides, yes there is a problem at rush times, but at the end of the day trying to exit from a driveway when you have parked cars either side is also inviting a major problem with out having real sightlines of vehicles approaching. In the question of having the on street parking charges and residents parking repealed yes that is also possible, in the same way it was introduced. Have all the residents of that road each sign a petition and individually send a formal letter to both the County Councillor and Highways Committee of the DCC to be formally adopted into the presiding for the County Council Transportation plan. You could also just address it to the Head of Transportation with an instruction to have it taken to the next Transportation Sub Committee as an item to be included into their meeting.
I can see both sides of the equation on this argument and yes the road is restricted with vehicles parked on both sides, yes there is a problem at rush times, but at the end of the day trying to exit from a driveway when you have parked cars either side is also inviting a major problem with out having real sightlines of vehicles approaching. In the question of having the on street parking charges and residents parking repealed yes that is also possible, in the same way it was introduced. Have all the residents of that road each sign a petition and individually send a formal letter to both the County Councillor and Highways Committee of the DCC to be formally adopted into the presiding for the County Council Transportation plan. You could also just address it to the Head of Transportation with an instruction to have it taken to the next Transportation Sub Committee as an item to be included into their meeting. Will706
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9:16pm Sat 22 Sep 12

cj07589 says...

Had the same issue in Bath, stupid idiots thought parking permits was a good idea so the many of us with no other choice/ who can't afford to the money to park because the disposal income is not there. In effect the introduction of a parking restriction simly pushes the parking congestion on to the adjacent area and the byproduct is the greedy self serving grossly over renumerated council exec get more of your money. Old rope for new money.
Had the same issue in Bath, stupid idiots thought parking permits was a good idea so the many of us with no other choice/ who can't afford to the money to park because the disposal income is not there. In effect the introduction of a parking restriction simly pushes the parking congestion on to the adjacent area and the byproduct is the greedy self serving grossly over renumerated council exec get more of your money. Old rope for new money. cj07589
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