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Residents demand action on parking chaos

COMMUTERS using Gunnersbury station and Chiswick Business Park are causing congestion woe for residents in the Western end of Chiswick, who are calling for the implementation of a controlled parking zone to combat what they say has become a crisis.

According to residents, an increasing number of commuters are now using Wellesley Road, Stile Hall Gardens, Brooks Road, Oxford Road, Oxford Gardens and Regent Street as a free car park.

The area is one of the last bastions of free parking in the area, which has made it attractive to the many commuters using the nearby Gunnersbury Tube station and the Chiswick Business Park.

A petition calling for the introduction of a CPZ is currently being passed around in a bid to bring the area's councillors on side.

It has already gained around 100 signatures from the 200 or so houses affected.

Earlier this year, council officers had advised local councillors to make the area part of a controlled parking zone, and put money aside for its implementation, but the councillors declined claiming that not enough of the residents wanted parking controls and that the knock-on effect on Strand-on-the-Green would affect the lives of residents there.

Grant Fella, of Stile Hall Gardens, is currently urging his fellow residents to sign the petition and urged the councillors to rethink: "For the vast majority of us who live in the western part of Chiswick, the increase in congestion and the numbers of commuters who use our roads as a free car park has seriously damaged the quality of our lives.

"This includes elderly people whose lives are severely restricted because they can no longer park outside their houses, mothers who walk the length of the street with young children in the rain and the dark for the same reason, and other residents whoa are simply fed up with the increased traffic pollution in their roads.

"What these residents all have in common is a feeling of abandonment by our elected officials. It is time to correct this mistake now and give us back some normality to our daily lives. It will help us, it will help the emergency services who use our roads frequently but find parking sometimes restricts their access, and will help to cut down on the pollution and commuter traffic in the borough, all of which are stated aims of the council."

The petition will be presented to the Chiswick Area Committee meeting on Wednesday October 13.

Cllr Paul Lynch, Chiswick Riverside, said: "There was a point when we the councillors didn't consider there was enough public support for the project because we sent out questionnaires and very few people responded. Few of those gave a clear response one way or another.

"As councillors we have to be very conscientious if we are spending public money - we don't want to spend on something that people don't want.

"There were a couple of people in particular who thought the CPZ would be a very good idea, and so we will look at the issue, and consider the petition."

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