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New double yellow lines rejected by residents
DOUBLE yellow lines painted just a year ago have divided neighbours, with some already asking to have them removed.
Twenty-three people have signed a petition asking to have the 10-metre lines on both corners at the top of Cranmer Road, at the its junction with North Road, to be rubbed out, calling them 'a total waste of taxpayers' money'.
The waiting restrictions were imposed last April by Hillingdon Council, in answer to calls from ward councillors and people in the neighbourhood concerned about obstructed access and congestion.
An incident involving a fire engine which had trouble getting through after a car was set alight in North Road in 2010 strengthened their case, they say.
Both streets are narrow, with no off-street parking, and they are effectively one-way roads.
Cranmer Road resident Raj Sidhu is leading the bid to get rid of the lines.
Mr Sidhu, 41, said: "The parking is terrible, and some of my neighbours who work late at Heathrow and other places - particularly women - have to park far away from their homes at night. The council should be thinking of the safety of the public.
"I have lived here for 11 years, and there has never been a problem until these lines were put in.
"If they were to shorten the lines, it would free up spaces which would help the people living here."
No objections were made during a consultation on the changes at the end of 2010, but a month after the restrictions - which ban waiting at any time - were introduced, people began to complain about the lack of parking, particularly in the evening.
The council says if the lines were removed the safety of the junction would be 'greatly compromised'.
The objectors made their case to Councillor Keith Burrows, cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, at a petition hearing on Wednesday last week.
A transport officer will take new measurements to see whether the request has any validity.
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