Update on the Controlled Parking Zones Issue

Below is a letter from Bridget, Chair of the RA. Apologies if you have already received this via email but it is useful to be on the site for non members.

Dear all

I hope you’ve all been able to catch up with the information about the Controlled Parking Zones, that will be coming our way sooner or later. Feedback has been that the businesses in the Village are largely concerned about this because of the restrictions they are already having to cope with from the LTN cameras in the area. Those also that rely on carers have expressed concern that they will also be forced to pay for parking, as will all Blue Badge holders. Many feel that if they have off street parking there won’t be a problem, but don’t forget your visitors, work people and carers who will need to pay to park for work or visiting our area. We are also not clear as to where these CPZ parking zones will be – so where there is parking now, may not necessarily mean there will be parking once these zones are introduced.

The Council is doing a big consultation on residents’ views – we are not being asked if we want the CPZs – this seemingly is a given, only what times we would like the restrictions to run. Southwark News ran an interesting article about a big council meeting in which Councillor Popoola from the Nunhead and Queen’s Road Ward said that even though we are all being consulted, it will not change the decision to introduce them. (The article is here: https://southwarknews.co.uk/area/southwark/nunhead-councillors-say-people-will-get-chance-to-say-no-to-cpzs-but-it-wont-change-anything/)

A very large opposition group has been focusing on the legality of running out this policy without prior consultation – https://opposethecpz.org – and hundreds have signed their letter to the council which you can find on their website if you want to support it.

Two members of the Court Lane Residents Association went to one of the Oppose group meetings and were very impressed by their organisation and the widespread support they have received from all over Southwark. Particularly of course the southern area of the Borough which in most places does not have a residents’ parking issue outside of those close to train stations.

The two “consultation” meetings have been held and many were away as it is the school holidays season. On behalf of the RA, I attended both in the hope of some clarity, and if you would like to hear what happened, please send me an email.Best wishes

Bridget Furst

Chair, Dulwich Village, College Road, Woodyard Lane and the affiliated roads Pickwick Road, Aysgarth Road, Boxall Road and pending the AGM, Village Way.

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