RESIDENTS of a cul-de-sac in Ruislip Manor who say they have suffered for years with parking problems have persuaded Hillingdon Council to carry out an investigation.

Linden Close, sandwiched between the Metropolitan line, a public car park and a library, was described as a special case at a petition hearing last Wednesday

Petitioner Monica Shamdas said: "We have cars and vans, and problems with people parking in front of drives. Every day the close is chock-a-block with cars, and since we have had the library it has got even worse.

"After years and years of suffering we feel it is about time we had something done."

Manor ward councillors agreed. Councillor Michael Markham (Con) said: "This has been going on for many years and the residents feel passionate about it."

Councillor Douglas Mills (Con) added: "It is on a small close of 16 houses but the turnout here tonight is an indication of how bad it is.

"Linden Close has characteristics about it that do lend it to being dealt with as a special case."

Normally, residential parking schemes must include several roads, to avoid shifting problems to neighbouring streets. But it was agreed to carry out a 'parking stress' survey in Linden Close.

Councillor Keith Burrows, portfolio holder for transportation and road safety, said: "We will get it right before we come back to you and if there is any possible action, we will tell you."

Ms Shamdas said afterwards: "We are very pleased they are taking it forward and we hope to get a successful outcome."

The council has acted in the past to relieve areas blighted by parking by commuters, such as the parade of shops in Swakeleys Road, Ickenham.