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DVLA Parking Trouble in Swansea

July, 7 2011

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Vehicle parking problems are at an all-time high around DVLA's Clase site and may be about to get a lot worse.

Vehicle parking problems are at an all-time high around DVLA's Clase site and may be about to get a lot worse.

From 4 July, a new rule came into force, denying contractors the right to park on site and forcing them to park at the Felindre Park and Ride and take the bus to the DVLA's site.

Some local residents already fear that instead of using the Park and Ride service, nearby streets will be used for parking in.

Sian James, MP for Swansea East has put pen to paper and expressed her concerns in a letter to the DVLA's chief executive Simon Tse.

In her letter, Mrs James explained: "I understand the kind of pressures facing managers.

"The DVLA is a valued local employer and economic base for the city.

"But it also needs to be a good neighbour to the surrounding community."

"I very much hope that the safeguards explained to me are implemented and I will be monitoring events closely."

Anger has already been expressed by one local resident last year, when over 20 DVLA employees parked in Tenth Avenue had their car tyres slashed.

Concern appears to be growing, with Mynyddbach Councillor Byron Owen stating: "I understand the kind of pressures facing managers.

"The DVLA is a valued local employer and economic base for the city.

"But it also needs to be a good neighbour to the surrounding community."

"I very much hope that the safeguards explained to me are implemented and I will be monitoring events closely."

In response to the growing discontentment, a DVLA spokesperson announced: "From 4 July, all DVLA contractors must use the park and ride facility at Felindre.

"Those contractors who car share will still be allowed to park onsite.

"The Felindre facility is well established and is already used by a large number of contractors, as is our car sharing scheme.

"We don't envisage any impact on local residents as a result of these changes, but we will continue to work with the local authorities and the police to make sure we do all we can to alleviate any parking problems caused by DVLA staff or our contractors."

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