Residents call for action as parking problems increase after Cofunds relocates to Witham

Braintree and Witham Times: Arrival of 600 staff causing parking nightmare for nearby residents Arrival of 600 staff causing parking nightmare for nearby residents

Businesses and residents have called for action to address the lack of parking spaces in Witham.

Residents living near The Grove believe their streets have become more clogged since Cofunds moved 600 staff to Mayland House earlier this year.

Cofunds does not have enough parking spaces for all its staff on-site and has encouraged lift sharing and alternative modes of transport for its employees.

In Barwell Way, residents have won their battle to have parking restrictions introduced.

Allan Waight, chairman of the Grove Residents Association, said: “As we anticipated, since they moved in it has got really bad.

“At the moment it is like living in the middle of a giant car park.

“Cofunds do their best, but is a very big problem and we are waiting for some long stay public parking facilities to be made.”

It is hoped the North Essex Parking Partnership will finalise plans for parking restrictions in Barwell Way early next year, which Mr Waight believes will make “a massive difference” for residents.

Cofunds spokesman Stephen Wynne-Jones said: “Since we signalled our intention to relocate to Witham from Chelmsford last year, we've been looking closely at the impact we would have on local residents.

“We were particularly keen to ensure our staff had access to a wide range of travel options to avoid them having to park in the surrounding streets, and this involved working closely with the Council from an early stage."

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10:15am Thu 26 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Bet they like the jobs moved into the district though ...
Bet they like the jobs moved into the district though ... Jack222

10:41pm Thu 26 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Oh Dear!

This is so embarrassing.

The ladies in this picture are wearing exactly the same outfits they wore in a picture published in relation to a different story on 27th September.

Have they only got one set of clothes each?
Oh Dear! This is so embarrassing. The ladies in this picture are wearing exactly the same outfits they wore in a picture published in relation to a different story on 27th September. Have they only got one set of clothes each? OMPITA [Intl]

8:42am Fri 27 Dec 13

keith_l says...

OMPITA wrote:
Oh Dear!

This is so embarrassing.

The ladies in this picture are wearing exactly the same outfits they wore in a picture published in relation to a different story on 27th September.

Have they only got one set of clothes each?
The picture is so old. The building has been renamed Cofunds House.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Oh Dear! This is so embarrassing. The ladies in this picture are wearing exactly the same outfits they wore in a picture published in relation to a different story on 27th September. Have they only got one set of clothes each?[/p][/quote]The picture is so old. The building has been renamed Cofunds House. keith_l

8:52am Fri 27 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Ha Ha!

Perhaps the people shown in the above picture don't even work there anymore.

perhaps they are now retired.

Yer gotta larf an't yer?
Ha Ha! Perhaps the people shown in the above picture don't even work there anymore. perhaps they are now retired. Yer gotta larf an't yer? OMPITA [Intl]

3:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

The building was fully occupied before and so where did the employees who previously worked in the building park? It's typical for the locals to try to put parking restrictions in to try to STOP people actually WORKING in Witham. Perhaps if the buses were more reliable people would use them. I have a friend who lives in Heybridge and works at Cofunds in Witham and she would love to use public transport but can't rely on it.
The building was fully occupied before and so where did the employees who previously worked in the building park? It's typical for the locals to try to put parking restrictions in to try to STOP people actually WORKING in Witham. Perhaps if the buses were more reliable people would use them. I have a friend who lives in Heybridge and works at Cofunds in Witham and she would love to use public transport but can't rely on it. The Stinker Returns

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