By Councillors David Bartolucci, Rich Clare and Ali Mirhashem
Over the past five years, we have spoken to many residents who have frequently informed us of parking difficulties relating to commuters, in their respective areas.
Alongside this we were aware, due to increased pressure on services and as a consequence of a larger housing need imposed on us by successive London Mayors, we needed to guide the local authority to be more proactive in protecting residents from various parking issues.
Sutton Central already operates a much valued and successful Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ).
Nevertheless, the provision of parking and the ability for existing residents to park in their own roads is one area we are looking to ensure we deliver the change desired by many residents, currently outside the CPZ. We will work with you to make sure this is delivered in a careful and thoughtful manner.
The proposal is for two new Parking Permit Areas (PPAs) to the east of the Ward.
After discussion with residents, it appears that overall residents favoured a PPA over an extension of the current Controlled Parking Zone. There were many reasons why residents felt this way, however the most common reason was that PPAs have the benefit of no yellow lines or bays in front of dropped-kerbs, so no loss of parking spaces.
Given the geographic location of one of the PPAs, Upper Vernon Road has moved into this PPA area too.
Over the coming month we will continue to engage with residents and make sure that as many of you are well informed and understand the proposals. Residents will then have a further chance to feed in their views during our stage 3 TMO consultation that will take place in September. In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts.
Read more on the Council website here.