Southend drivers facing fines for parking on London Road central reservation

Inconsiderate drivers are risking causing crashes by parking on a Southend town centre central reservation, it has been claimed.

Southend City Council is now warning drivers they will be fined for parking on the central reservation near Sainsbury’s supermarket on London Road, Southend.

The regeneration of the end of London Road, close to the High Street, saw the creation of the central reservation and parking bays sit either side of the stretch of road.

However, to avoid paying to park drivers have been parking on the central reservation.

Matt Hanning, 53, an IT help desk manager at nearby South Essex College, has to use the road each day.

He said: “A lot of regeneration has gone on there. They have put nice girders in the middle of the road, but unfortunately they’ve made it easy for cars to fit on to that central reservation.

“Three months ago I saw the odd car parked on there but now it’s chocker full from 9am to the end of the day with all the spaces taken up. If you’ve got a van or Range Rover, something that is relatively high parked on there you just can’t see cars coming out of Sainsbury’s.

“As you come to the end of the central reservation coming out of Southend there is a small pedestrian crossroad and again cars will park up to and even over the pedestrian walkway.

“I’ve seen people walk out from behind a car and you end up slamming your brakes on. There’s a procession of cars all trying to get out. In the last three weeks I’ve had a bike pull out in front of me and car come out from Sainsbury’s. You just don’t see them.

”There is nothing to stop people pulling up and spending the entire day there. Quite often there are big vans there.”

The council is warning motorists they risk fines if they continue to park in this stretch of road.

Kevin Buck, councillor responsible for highways, transport and parking, said: “A review of parking restrictions in the stretch of London Road close to the High Street and Sainsbury’s was prompted by persistent instances of inconsiderate parking.

“After consulting with local businesses and residents regarding the implementation of new parking regulations, notices were subsequently posted in the area from July 25 to August 15.

“The new restrictions officially took effect on September 26 and will be rigorously enforced by the council’s team of civil enforcement officers.”

Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter