Hackbridge residents have formed together to strongly oppose newly enforced parking restrictions amid the construction of new homes near to the River Wandle.

Nearly 50 people in Corbet Close and the surrounding area have signed a petition which objects to the constraints, involving double yellow lines, and newly implemented one-way system.

Now they are urging both Sutton Council and the developer, Rydon, which is building the new Maple Grove houses, to review them.

Sarah Matthews, whose family have lived in the area for decades, wrote a letter on behalf of the concerned residents to councillors, the developers, and Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake.

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Seen by the Sutton Guardian, it reads: “The majority of residents have lived here for many years, which includes some for over 30 years, with ample parking.

“You cannot provide ample parking for the residents and then remove it from us. This is inexcusable and we would like you to strongly reconsider it.

“When these 1970s houses and garages were originally built and purchased plenty of parking was, up to a couple of weeks ago, available.

“This is now not the case and will seriously impact homeowners when endeavouring to sell their properties, among many issues.

“Moreover, Rydon has taken over the road we have always, up until recently, been able to use. Residents feel we are insignificant and are being taken over by the construction in this area as opposed to being an integral part of the borough.”

The residents in Corbet Close met to discuss their concerns at a meeting last month, aiming to get the new system scrapped entirely.

There are fears the number of spaces for people to park will shrink once the development finishes and emergency services may struggle to get through.

For Ms Matthews, the problems revolve around safety, lifestyle, and the wider context of the ongoing Hackbridge regeneration.

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The double yellow lines in Corbet Close. Photo: Sarah Matthews

The headhunter said: “I don't know how they're going to cope with all the infrastructure.

“I just don't know what's going to happen with that. I think it's crazy.”

Council officers are “aware” of the situation and are reviewing the planning conditions which were approved for the development, according to a Sutton Council spokesman.

He said: “It is understood the approved highway layout has altered the available road space in and around Corbet Close. The proposed yellow line restrictions are required to ensure access is maintained on the public highway. The highway layouts are currently under review.

“Officers have also instructed the developer [Rydon] to ensure that, while the situation is being investigated, the signs are covered. No enforcement will be undertaken until the investigation is complete.”

A Rydon spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the issues and are liaising with the council.”