Make your views count

Merton Council have extended the statutory consultation of Merton Park CPZ from Friday 14 February to Friday 28 February 2003, to allow residents and businesses in the area more time to air their views on the proposed scheme.

Anyone who wishes to make their views count, either for or against the scheme, should put their representation in writing to the Head of Traffic and Parking Section, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX. Anyone who opposes the scheme must state the grounds on which their objection is made.

All representations will be reported to the Street Management Scrutiny panel on 27 March 2003. The Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Russell Makin, will then make a decision on whether or not to implement the scheme.

Residents should be aware that anti-CPZ protesters have delivered a letter to households in Merton Park asking them to tick boxes next to statements that oppose the scheme. Residents are advised to read factual information supplied by the Council before making a decision and to put their representations in writing to the Council directly to ensure they count.

Merton Council has received a number of complaints from residents about this form. Especially from residents concerned about their elderly neighbours who do not understand the form or where it has come from and are concerned that they are being harassed on their doorsteps when people come to collect the forms. The Council’s parking officers are more than willing to speak to anyone who wants information on the scheme or to answer any questions. Please contact them on 020 8545 3201.

Councillor Russell Makin, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “Please let us know your views for or against the scheme directly. They are important and will have a bearing on the decision made. We welcome all feedback – positive or negative.”

The statutory consultation is for a proposed parking scheme to address the parking problems in Merton Park. The reason for the CPZ proposal is because the parking demand is greater than the parking space available, which leads to dangerous parking, traffic congestion and competition for space, which some residents find a problem. The demand is generated by:
· Commuters who park their vehicle and then complete their journey by public transport (buses, trams or the underground)
· Residents who live within neighbouring CPZs parking in the area to avoid purchasing a permit
· Those who work in or are visiting the area.