Yellow lines on the cards to stop workers parking in Langstone

Havant Road, Hayling Island, close to the Yew Tree Inn. Credit: Google Street View

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MORE yellow lines are planned for Langstone in a bid to stop workers parking in residential roads.

Havant Borough Council has proposed more parking restrictions for five roads in Langstone.

The streets are filled with cars every weekday as workers are forced to park there due to a lack of parking in the area.

The problems started three years ago with the opening of Southern Electric’s call centre, which employs 2,500 people and has 860 parking spaces.

With not enough spaces on the Penner Road site, many use surrounding streets.

Residents say many workers drive to Langstone, park their car and several will then get in one car and drive the short distance to work.

Yellow lines were introduced in several roads last year, including Langbrook Close, Brookmead Way, and Southbrook Road.

The council is proposing to extend these further to cover more sections of road, with no parking between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

No parking at any time would be introduced along Langstone Road, between Woodbury Avenue and Southbrook Road.

Angela Armstrong, chairwoman of Langstone Residents’ Association, said: ‘This is piecemeal.

‘Where it is dangerous, obviously we are pleased about the measures that are being taken, but we feel there should be a proper review.

‘It’s just pushing the cars around.

‘It’s a problem during the week but not at the weekends.’

Cllr David Collins, who oversees parking in Havant borough, said parking in these streets created access problems for emergency vehicles and refuse trucks.

He said: ‘Southern Electric have done everything they can to reduce the problem, even providing a bus.

‘But people will be people – that’s the problem.

‘What we have to do is reduce parking in residential areas.’

He added: ‘We have to get a balance of the residents’ views and the fact that people have to get to work.’

A spokeswoman for Southern Electric said the firm ‘had done everything to ensure staff were more sustainable’, including laying on buses and offering interest-free season tickets for bus and rail.

A final decision will be made by the council next month.