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Wednesday, 10 May 2006
Parking crimes

Parking problems

I stopped for fifteen minutes in Sevenoaks high street yesterday morning. The fifteen minutes turned into 2 hours as I was wedged between two cars and couldn’t get out.  The annoying thing is that the parking area has a limit of 1 hour’s parking (with no return within 2 hours).

As you can see from the photograph above, there is also a car parked on the right hand side of the picture, on a yellow line (registration LV55UDW, sporting a disabled parking badge). This car effectively turned the street into a one-way road whenever a lorry passed.

My car is pictured second from the left. Behind it is the Sevenoaks Cleaning Company transit van (registration HK03EKF). I phoned the company to complain but they asked me to look around for someone cleaning windows while they tried to contact him on his mobile. Eventually their driver materialised out of thin air (1 minute before the traffic warden), and moved his van.

In front of my car is a black Peugeot 307 (registration NU52WKF).  This driver also materilised from thin air within 30 seconds of the traffic warden arriving.  I presume the driver works in an office/shop on the high street. I saw him drive to the (pay-and-display) parking area on Blighs Meadow.

In front of this car is a red Daewoo Kalos (registration LV54UVG), and in front of that a black Volkswagen Driver (registration H638DTP), and in front of that a black Landrover Discovery (registration GF05EKW), followed by a silver Honda (registration RJ53SHZ).  All of the vehicles (not only those blocking my exit) were parked there continuously for well over the one hour limit.

After waiting for one hour I phoned the Sevenoaks District Council to request the presence of a traffic warden. I had intuited that if a traffic warden appeared my problems would rapidly disappear. It took 30 minutes for the warden to arrive (which I am not grumbling about, considering that he had to come from the other side of the district).  However I had to work very hard to persuade the woman at the Council that a traffic warden would be of any use. She pointed out that he would have to note down the registration numbers and then could only issue tickets after another hour had elapsed. I said this was fine and suggested that if a traffic warden arrived and started writing down the registration numbers I was convinced the drivers would appear and the problem would evaporate.  Strangely enough, that is exactly what happened.

The photos below show some of the parking offenders.
parking offenders

Posted by bigblue on 10/05/2006 at 11:58 AM
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I know a bloke who is very good at getting a response with parking issues. He is the MD of a company called Transmitton at Ashby. He certainly stirred some comments anyway….

Posted by ian  on  11/05/2006  at  09:17 AM

Excellent BLOG! Glad to see you didn’t waste the hour while you were blocked in.

Posted by David  on  11/05/2006  at  09:40 AM

@Tweedle Dee: thanks.

@ian: I think his talents are wasted, he could be running the parking department of a reasonably sized Kent district council.

Posted by bigblue  on  11/05/2006  at  04:12 PM

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