Over the summer Surrey County Council (SCC) sent a letter to Moormede residents announcing preliminary plans to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the estate.
In such a zone all on-street parking is controlled. This means that parking is only permitted in designated parking bays with a permit and that the remainder of the kerbside space is subject to yellow line restrictions.
Following issue of this letter, the Staines Liberal Democrats undertook a survey of residents' views to:
• Get an understanding of how residents feel about these proposals so they can be represented back to the Council;
• Assess the number of permits required to ensure the Council provide enough parking bays;
• Identify where the scheme would need to be improved as there were obvious flaws and lack of detail in the preliminary plans, which Council officers openly recognised.
We have submitted the full report to both Surrey County Council and Spelthorne Borough Council and proposed that they take on board the comments presented in the report together with the many letters they will have received from residents, revise the plans and undertake a fuller consultation including presentations and a forum for discussion with residents before the plans are progressed for action.
You can view the full report by following the link at the end of this article. In summary the findings were:
• 66% of respondents were in favour of a CPZ for the Moormede Estate to address parking by non-residents preventing residents parking near their homes during the day. Some roads are not particularly effected by parking problems and some residents have sufficient off-street parking;
• The current proposals do not provide adequate capacity for on-street parking;
• At £50 per year, the cost of the first permit is considered too high. Residents were expecting the charge to be £20 to £30 maximum. The costs of implementing and running the scheme should be transparent and that the scheme should be demonstrably at least cost-neutral;
• It is unclear how the scheme would be administered. Residents made a number of suggestions that would make it fair and flexible. In particular measures to aid the disabled, elderly and those with regular care should be considered.