The purpose of this report is to consider objections received from the public following the formal consultation process on a proposal to extend the existing Croydon Controlled Parking Zone (East Outer Permit Area) to Morland Avenue, Vincent Road, Leicester Road, Stretton Road, Edward Road, Rymer Road, and Exeter Road, with a combination of Shared-Use Permit/Pay & Display machines (8 hours maximum stay) and single yellow lines operating from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
The Traffic Management Advisory Committee considered a report on the objections received from the public following the formal consultation process on a proposal to extend the existing Croydon Controlled Parking Zone (East Outer Permit Area) to Morland Avenue, Vincent Road, Leicester Road, Stretton Road, Edward Road, Rymer Road, and Exeter Road, with a combination of Shared-Use Permit/Pay & Display machines (eight hours maximum stay) and single yellow lines operating from 0900 – 1700 hours, Monday to Saturday
Mr Greg Bird addressed the Committee in his capacity as a local resident of Edward Road and explained that the written objections had been edited in the officers published report. He noted that the outcome from the questionnaire, distributed by Croydon Council, showed that residents in four roads voted against the proposal and residents in three roads voted in favour. Mr Bird further added that one could not assume that the residents who voted in favour of 0800 – 2000 hours CPZ would be in favour of 0900 – 1700 hours CPZ.
Ms Faith Batt addressed the Committee in her capacity as a local resident and explained that Croydon Council had initially canvassed 19 roads and 70% of residents were against the proposed extension of the CPZ; therefore, the proposal was reduced to seven roads but the positive rates were still low. She explained her main concern was that residents could pay for a permit but were not guaranteed a parking space and there was to be a loss of 13% of the parking spaces in the area. Ms Batt also explained that she had discussed the proposal with local residents and they had reported that they did not respond to the consultation as they believed Croydon Council had already determined that the CPZ was to be extended and those who were in favour of the proposal were under the impression they were to receive their own parking space. She further questioned why there was a £30 administration fee when applying for a permit.
Councillor Fitzsimons addressed the Committee in his capacity as Local Councillor for the Addiscombe West Ward and noted that he was pleased officers had immediately discounted the roads that had raised significant objections to the proposal. He explained that he was in support of the four roads that voted in favour of the CPZ but it should not be implemented on the three roads that voted against. Councillor Fitzsimons also suggested to the officers that a review was completed as to how the spaces could be formed as a lot of the residents in the area owned small cars; therefore, instead of having individually marked spots, a strip of parking bays could accommodate more vehicles.
The Parking Design Manager responded to the queries raised by speakers and explained that there was marginal support overall for the proposed extension and it had been found that a more negative respond was received initially but residents were more positive about it after the extensions were implemented. The area was very close to East Croydon station and it had been recognised that there was a problem with commuter parking. It was noted that it was possible to implement the extension of the CPZ on some of the roads but would cause issues for the roads who do not have a CPZ as it would disperse the commuter parking. The money to extend the Croydon CPZ was granted by TfL and if the proposal was not agreed then the money would be returned to TfL so Croydon Council would not be at a loss. The Parking Design Manager further explained that the £30 administration fee was a one-off cost and covered permit renewals, car changes and postage. It was explained to Councillor Fitzsimons that strip parking bays had been considered; however, the minimum size for an individual car parking space was 5.5 metres so would not increase the amount of spaces.
Councillor Bains noted it was unfair for residents to pay for a permit but not be guaranteed a parking space and inquired if there was anything that could be done to resolve this. He also suggested that diagonal parking bays could accommodate more parking spaces. In response to Councillor Bains the Parking Design Manager explained that diagonal bays would not be feasible due to the width of the roads but would not provide additional space anyway as space would be lost either end of the bays. The officer noted that spaces could not be guaranteed for residents; however, when observing roads neighbouring roads with the CPZ there were no problems with parking and residents could always get a space outside or close to their property.
Councillors Canning and Hoar agreed with Councillor Fitzsimons and noted that he was not in favour of the CPZ to be extended to Stretton Road, Rymer Road or Vincent Road as the residents were not in favour.
In response to the Chair the Parking Design Manager confirmed that open strip parking bays could be trialled and it would be relatively easy to change to individually marked spaces if it was not successful.
The Traffic Management Advisory Committee RESOLVED to recommend to the Acting Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Regeneration (Job Share) that they:
1.1 Consider the objections to extending the existing Croydon Controlled Parking Zone (East Outer Permit Area) to Morland Avenue, Vincent Road, Leicester Road, Stretton Road, Edward Road, Rymer Road, and Exeter Road with a combination of Shared-Use Permit/Pay & Display (8 hours maximum stay) and single yellow lines operating 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
1.2 Agree for the reasons detailed in this report to extend the Croydon Controlled Parking Zone into the above roads as shown on drawings no. PD 348 a-f.
1.3 Inform the objectors and supporters of the above decision.