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09:27 Friday 23 March 2012  Written by Francis Batt

Parking relief for Olympic 'neighbours'

gen_illegalparkingWorried Eton and Dorney residents fearing an Olympic nightmare this summer are being offered a parking lifeline.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council will be issuing permits allowing them to park on street while the rowing and canoe events are taking place nearby.

Residents in protected areas set up to stop Olympic spectators from dumping their vehicles, had feared being banned from parking too.

But Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said that the special permits would exclude residents from the parking ban.

He said: "We must ensure that residents’ parking priorities are protected and that areas close to the lake are kept free from vehicles parked by spectators and visitors who aren’t prepared to use the shuttle buses provided to get them to the Games transport hub at Windsor Racecourse.”

The residents' permits are available by emailing parking@rbwm.gov.uk or completing an application at:

www.rbwm.gov.uk/public/download parking olympic permit application.pdf

The council will also hold drop-in sessions as the Olympic approaches in both Dedworth and Eton Wick where residents can apply in person for their permits.

The permits are available to residents who live in the agreed parking protection zones and need to park vehicles on the public highway between July 28 and August 11 between 7am and 1pm.

Residents who need parking vouchers for visitors, carers, doctors, nurses or anyone whose car is not registered at their home address should provide this information along with their permit application.

All applications must be received by Saturday, July 21. After that date anyone needing a permit for tradespeople or for medical or care reasons, should contact the parking team at parking@rbwm.gov.uk or call 01628 683800.

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