Not enough parking spaces???

Are you fed up with not being able to park in the Wimbledon area? You can have your say on parking as Merton Council are carrying out a Wimbledon Town Centre parking review until 3 October 2003 and need your views.

The review is being carried out in response to the numerous letters, telephone calls and e-mails concerning parking difficulties in the evenings and on Sundays outside the existing hours of operation of controlled parking zones (CPZ’s) in the area. Also proposed changes to the opening hours of the off-street car parks in Wimbledon Town Centre may result in even more parking problems in residential roads if current CPZ hours of operation remain the same.

The aim of the review is to reduce the current parking problems experienced by residents of Wimbledon Town Centre by looking at:
– Hours of operation
– Number of Resident Permit Bays
– Pay and Display Bays
– Yellow Lines
– Zone Boundaries.

The review covers the W1, W2, W3, W4, 2F and 4F controlled parking zones. Residents in each of these zones have been sent a leaflet to explain the proposed changes – including a map, and a voting card. Residents will only be asked to vote on changes to their own zone and should do so by returning the card to Merton Council by 3 October 2003.

Public exhibitions will be held at Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon, to show more detailed plans of each zone and answer any questions on the scheme. The dates are as follows:
– Monday 22 – Friday 26 September, 1.30pm – 6.30pm (extended to 7.30pm on Thursday).
– Saturday 27 September 2003, 10am – 4pm.
Detailed plans can also be viewed at Wimbledon Library, Merton Link or online at

Councillor Russell Makin, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “We have a legal duty to address these issues and to manage parking facilities in the borough. I hope everyone will take the time to complete the voting questionnaire, so we can take into account residents views when making decisions on whether to make changes.”

When the informal consultation is closed on 3 October 2003 all the comments will be reviewed and where necessary recommendations will be made to change the proposals to reflect views. Detailed plans will then be prepared and the amended proposals will be presented to the Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Russell Makin, for consideration. If the recommendations are approved then formal consultation will be carried out.

Due to the large number of responses received during a pub