Lodge Lane parking enforcement

6 November 2018

Thurrock Council is in the process of reviewing the traffic regulation order in Lodge Lane.

The review will consider resident requests and feedback in line with legislation, with the safety of the road being priority. It is expected that findings from this review will be reported in the next 2 weeks.

Following a refresh of the yellow lines in the road several months ago, Civil Enforcement Officers have been enforcing a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that has been in place for many years and pre-dated decriminalisation in 2005.

Residents parking behind the yellow lines on crossovers were advised that the TRO does not allow for parking in this way and they risked parking fines in accordance with legislation.

The council wrote to residents before any enforcement action took place outlining parking regulations and giving notice that enforcement of the TRO would be resuming in the road.

Cllr Aaron Watkins, portfolio holder for highways, asked officers to review the TRO and bring forward options for consideration at the end of September. A motion at last week's meeting of full Council (Wednesday 31 October) also called for a review of the TRO in Lodge Lane

Cllr Watkins said: "I understand residents' frustrations and in September I asked for a review to take place to consider options available, without compromising safety or adherence to legislation.

"The issue here is one of consistency. There is a Traffic Regulation Order in place in Lodge Lane and the law is clear on this matter.

"We cannot waive enforcement in one road while enforcing similar restrictions in another. Lodge Lane is a busy road and needs to be kept clear from congestion and that includes the crossovers because parking there can create a hazard by restricting visibility for people pulling out of their driveways onto the busy road."