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Council asks for feedback on Merton Park and Morden CPZ

Merton Council is currently consulting with residents and local businesses about a proposed parking scheme to address the parking problems in Merton Park and Morden. A decision has not yet been made – what happens next will depend on feedback from residents.

The reason for the CPZ proposal is because the parking demand is greater than the parking space available. The demand is generated by
· Commuters who park their vehicle and then complete their journey by public transport (buses and trains)
· Residents who live within neighbouring CPZs parking in the area to avoid purchasing a permit
· Those who work in or are visiting the Nelson Hospital, the Civic Centre and people in neighbouring CPZs.

This leads to dangerous parking, traffic congestion and competition for space, which some residents find a problem. The Council is also concerned that when the congestion charging comes into effect in central London next February there may be greater demands for parking around transport links with no CPZs.

Leaflets and maps explaining the suggested scheme have been sent out to all residents and businesses in the proposed area, along with a feedback questionnaire. Larger scale plans are available for inspection at Wimbledon Library, Morden Library and Merton Civic Centre.

Last week residents were invited to exhibitions of the plans at Morden Baptist Church and at Merton Civic Centre. They were invited to give their comments and opinions and to discuss the plans with Council officers and the ward Councillors.

The consultation period ends on 4 October 2002. After this date all questionnaires will be used to decide whether or not to go ahead with the scheme. If feedback suggests residents want a CPZ scheme then recommendations will be made to change the proposals to reflect residents’ views. Detailed plans will then be prepared and the amended proposals will be presented to the relevant Cabinet Member for consideration.

Councillor Russell Makin, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “No decision has been made yet. The aim of the CPZ consultation is to find out what the people it affects actually want. I would encourage all residents and businesses in the area to complete and return the feedback questionnaire because our decisions will be based on the results. We welcome all feedback – positive or negative.”

For further information on the Controlled Parking Zone scheme please contact Waheed Johnson on 020 8545 3054