Parking restrictions to be imposed on notorious Westcliff rat run

Parking restrictions will be introduced in one of the “worst rat-runs in the borough” despite fears it could encouraging speeding.

Three out of five residents who responded to a consultation to restrict parking on one side of Crosby Road, Westcliff, raised concerns it would make it easier for drivers to hit top speeds.

The road is often gridlocked and the council believes installing staggered yellow line to form a chicane would improve traffic flow but prevent speeding.

However, speaking at a traffic regulations working party committee meeting, resident Mr McHale said: “This order proposes to aid traffic flow on a residential road with known speeding issues.

“According to council statistics Crosby Road is amongst the ten worst roads for speeding in the borough. Over half of vehicles exceed the 30mph limit.

“Double parked vehicles are a small traffic calming measure but this proposal will remove them with no replacement.

“The council is proposing to aid traffic flow on a short residential street used as a rat-run where half of the vehicles already break the speed limit. That is absurd and irrational.”

Another Crosby Road resident said the reason for the low response to the consultation was because the majority of residents had already taken part in a previous consultation to install parking restrictions.

This scheme went ahead but had to be removed over a technical issue.

Mr Hetherton said: “Crosby is one of the town’s east-west rat-runs and traffic volumes can be heavy at busy times.

“When the eastbound traffic is heavy, traffic entering from Chalkwell Avenue has to wait and, although the yellow lines at the end of the road were extended a few years ago, the waiting queue can stretch back past the lights and into Chalkwell Avenue.

Nigel Folkard, Conservative councillor for Chalkwell ward insisted it would be a benefit.

He said: “This is a much-needed scheme and will ease the flow of traffic in Crosby Road in a safe manner whilst have the minimum impact on parking within the road.”

Councillors will review the scheme in six months.

Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter