'Animal life is at risk' Canning Town clinic calls for better parking
PUBLISHED: 08:18 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:31 25 March 2015
More than two thousand people have signed up to a petition lobbying the council to provide "adequate car parking spaces" in a busy residential and shopping area.
The founder of Celia Hammond Animal Trust in Barking Road, Canning Town, kick started a change.org petition this month following the closure of Maud Street car park in January.
Celia, who has gathered more than 2,000 signatures, insists that the closure of the 100-bay car park has “put animals at risk”.
She said: “People who visit us need to find parking directly outside the clinic, especially if we need to perform a life changing operation to their pets.
“We now have people taking the risk of getting towed when they need to come in urgently. We’ve also had to go and bring cats into the clinic for elderly visitors who can’t carry the carriers that far.”
Last week, Lynn Bale, 67, risked parking on a double yellow line as she could not carry her sick dog Sheba into the clinic.
She said:”She weighed 32 kilos and just had her leg amputated because of a tumour. She now has to make regular visits to the clinic and there is no way we can park in the side roads.”
The council closed the car park to make way for 216 new homes as part of the Rathbone Market development plans and introduced parking for traders and shoppers in local side roads.
A spokeswoman for Newham Council said consultations were carried out in the lead up to the car park closure but no objections were received.
She added: “To ensure local businesses and residents were not negatively impacted by the closure of the car park Newham Council introduced free parking bays on local side roads, which prioritises provision for shoppers and visitors to the area during trading hours.
“The area is well served by public transport with Canning Town Station and Bus Interchange, providing access to London Underground Jubilee and Dockland Light Railway services, and eight bus services running along Barking Road.”
However, Celia believes the new parking spaces have made no positive difference for visitors, adding: “The council need to do something, it could be a life and death situation.”
For more information on the petition visit celiahammond.org