Parking war between dockyard workers and residents over spaces

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Parking wars between dockyard workers and residents are escalating as staff struggle to find somewhere to leave their cars for the day.

Around 2,500 people work at Babcock in Devonport, Plymouth, with many of those driving to work.

With no designated parking spaces for dock workers at Babcock, this long-standing issue has recently intensified, reports PlymouthLive.

A car park near Camels Head, which was being used by dockyard workers, was recently “taken away” as a parking option, one worker said.

At times, parking fines have been issued to dockyard workers, some say, and the situation is “causing arguments” between residents and workers as residential streets become saturated with Babcock workers at all hours.

Local residents also find themselves unable to park near their own homes.

Later this year, up to 800 more people could join the workforce for the Devonport Dockyard refurb project, to be delivered by Kier BAM Joint Venture.

However, a solution could be in progress, in the form of a multi-storey car park that is currently being built.

There is also the DY1 Stagecoach bus, established to help dockyard workers get to their place of work.

Most residential streets leading off of Albert Street, the main road running down towards Devonport Dockyard, do not have any permit parking in place, meaning anybody can, in theory, park anywhere.

Gillian has lived in Devonport for eight years.

She said: “I think it used to be permit parking and they got rid of it. When I get home late at night I can’t always get a space.

“I think Babcock does encourage dockyard workers to car share, but lots do end up parking around here, it can be a bit of a nightmare.

“There’s nothing we can do about it though because they pay their car tax and they’re allowed to park here.”

Long-term resident, Margaret said it can be ‘dreadful’ at times, she adds: “They park on Ross Street up on the grass.

“It started being a problem years ago when permit parking was taken away.

“It’s getting worse and it’ll get worse still when they put the charging meters up in Marlborough Street.”

One young mum, who didn’t want to be named said it is “not nice being woken up at six in the morning by bright lights and music blaring”.

But one dockyard worker expressed sympathy for residents.

He said: “I feel for them, I really do, but we have no choice.”

Last year, it was reported that a huge multi-storey car park was being built for Devonport Dockyard, which will provide a total of 602 spaces over five levels.

A Royal Navy dockyard spokesperson said: “As part of our ongoing infrastructure investment programme across the site, a five level multi-storey car park is currently under construction and is due to be finished by the autumn.

“In addition to this, we are continuing to work closely with Plymouth City Council on a range of sustainable travel to work methods, including car sharing, using public transport and park and ride services, as well as introducing cycle lanes across the site to encourage our people to consider a range of travel options.

“These developments are focused on minimising disruption to local residents and the wider Plymouth community.”

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