Have your say on new parking proposals

If you are fed up with not being able to park in the Wimbledon Town Centre area you may be interested in Merton Councils new proposals to tackle it. They are carrying out statutory consultation on the proposals and want your views by Friday 26 March 2004.

The council initially carried out an informal parking review in September 2003. As part of this review residents’ expressed concerns about parking difficulties in the evenings and on Sundays, outside the existing hours of operation of the controlled parking zones (CPZ’s) in the area.

Residents and businesses in zones W1, W2, W3, W4, 2F and 4F were sent leaflets detailing the proposed changes along with questionnaires. The results of the returned consultation questionnaires were analysed and showed there was local support to extend the existing hours of operation of W3 and W4 CPZs only. As a result the proposals were amended to reflect residents’ wishes.

Therefore the council proposes the following changes:
· Extend the existing hours of operation in W3 and W4 CPZs only to 8.30am – 11pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
· Adjust CPZ boundaries
· Introduce additional parking bays in all roads except Alwyne Road
· Introduce double yellow lines at all junctions
· Increase hours of single yellow lines in zones W3 and W4
· Make changes to pay and display bays
· Add more permit bays to all zones
· In zones W3 and W4 increase the maximum number of visitor’s full day permits to 80 and half-day visitor’s permits to 160 per adult in the household per year.
· One annual visitor’s permit per household at the cost of £100 per year.

The hours of operation will remain as they were in zones W1, W2, 2F and 4F. Residents of these zones who are interested in the hours being extended can express their views as part of this consultation.

A newsletter explaining the changes was delivered to all residents and businesses that would be affected by the proposals in February 2004. Those in favour or against the proposals were invited to make representations in writing by 5 March 2004. This deadline is now being extended to Friday 26 March 2004.

The outcome of this consultation will be reported to the Street Management Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 18 May 2004 after which the Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Russell Makin, will make a final decision.

To have your say send a written representation to The Head of Traffic and Parking, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX, quoting