24th Aug, 2019

Out of this world as Orbit finally agree to sort out Studley parking issue

Ross Crawford 25th Sep, 2018

ORBIT Housing have finally agreed to sort out the parking for residents in Allen Close, Studley after a sustained campaign by County Councillor Clive Rickhards.

The elderly tenants had been complaining for months about derelict cars left in the bays outside their homes and and their parking spaces being taken up by displaced drivers from elsewhere.

When the Standard highlighted the issue back in June 68-year-old resident John Sowerby said: “We have two issues here; one is the abandoned cars, which Orbit say are not their responsibility to move, and the second is, we are all elderly and disabled and we have people parking here who do not live here.

“What we are asking for parking spaces for the 12 bungalows here – all it will cost is a tin of white paint.

“But Orbit are saying we would need parking management – but they have done it just down the road and now the cars that shouldn’t have been parking there are parking outside our houses.”

However their pleas to Orbit, who said ‘we put the customer at the heart of everything we do’ fell on deaf ears.

Their case was taken up by Coun Rickhards (Lib Dem, Studley) and after three months the housing company agreed to take action.

“All we have been asking for is some sort of signage that would clearly indicate that it was for Orbit tenants’ parking and connected to the bungalows,” said Coun Rickhards.

“Orbit have now committed themselves to put signage in and lines down on the road and suggest these should be numbered. I’m absolutely delighted and I’m looking forward to this being done as soon as possible.”

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