Estate fights back against fee-dodging commuters

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Inconsiderate commuters who park their cars on an estate close to the station are causing a king-size headache for residents.

Bradwell Common is just a 10 minute walk from CMK Railway station and dozens of commuters use it as a free car park every day.

This saves them considerable sums of money each week on paying parking charges at the station.

Ward councillor Pauline Wallis receives constant complaints from irate householders on Bradwell common.

She has now sent a survey out to all homes on the estate to ask for suggestions for solutions.

One idea is a residents’ permit scheme, which would give the power for any commuters’ cars to be towed away.

Pauline said:“I have watched this problem getting worse and worse over the last 20 years.

“Residents understand commuting to London is expensive and parking costly, but that does not give anyone the right to park up all day, week in, week out on Bradwell Common.”

She added: “It isn’t just that they park on the estate. Sometimes they park badly, often making it difficult for residents to get off their drives of travel easily up some of the narrow roadway.”

Her survey asks for residents’ views on the best way to tackle the problems.

She said: “I think a permit scheme may have to be introduced, linked to the towing away of cars without permits.”