Agenda item

Highways Updates - Parking Strategy Programme

Principle Highways Engineer, Mehmet Mahzar, will give a presentation on the programme for the Parking Strategy within the Carshalton and Clockhouse Local committee area.

 

Indicative timing:  40 minutes

 

Minutes:

Mehmet Mahzar, Strategic Management Support provided a presentation on the Parking Strategy programme for the Carshalton and Clockhouse local committee area.

 

Key areas of parking pressures are being identified. These were previously dealt with on an adhoc basis, and the Idea now will be to look at proposed schemes in a more strategic and structured way.  Councillor Pollock highlighted other areas that Councillors would like to have identified as areas of parking pressures that were not shown on the map that was displayed at the meeting.   Members  identified parking issues in Harold Road and surrounding roads and also roads near to schools such as St Philomena’s school and Carshalton High School for Girls.

 

A local resident highlighted the issue of parking and traffic near to Stanley Park High school particularly around Damson Road and Metcalf Avenue.  Concern was raised by Members that the issues seen in these particular roads had been discussed previously and the scheme to deal with this should already have been completed in May / June this year.  However it had not been completed as promised.  The delay in completing promised work has cause concern for Members and residents. Highways Team Leader Strategy and Commissioning advised that in respect of ongoing schemes that have been previously promised  he will investigate the current position and provide a report on progress.  He  apologised for the delay in implementation.

 

The Chair Councillor Pollock ask that Ward Councillors receive a regular email highlighting progress on the outstanding schemes and also asked that a report on progress be  provided at the next committee in January.

 

Residents raised concerns regarding speeding in the local area in particular around Crichton Road and Sussex Road. Ian Price Highways Team Leader Strategy and Commissioning advised this was raised in a previous meeting regarding these roads and also Warnham Court Road.  At that time it was suggested that a scheme should be taken forward to next year’s Local Implementation plan. Part of that process would be to undertake speed surveys and accident assessment.  A resident from Sussex Road raised her concern regarding parking enforcement where cars are parked on the pavement outside the station and parking next to the bus stop near local shops in Beeches Avenue on the forecourt.  The Highways Team Leader Strategy and Commissioning advised in respect of parking in front of the shops he advised that the Council boundary plans to show what is Council land and what land belongs to the businesses.  From these plans it appears that the majority of the area in front of the shops is private land.  He will review the plans to identify which areas make up the public highway and this will be investigated further.

 

Residents also raised concerns regarding difficulty of overcrowded busses in the local area. Councillor Butt advised that it was reported to the transport liaison committee that due to overcrowded busses children are unable to get the bus to school which has in turn lead to more cars on the road dropping children to school. One resident advised he has spoken to TFL to ask for more busses to be provided at school start and finish times. In particular it was highlighted that the 154 busses are very overcrowded with school children. Councillor Whitehead advised that she took up the issue of travel plans and how these can be enforced with the local schools,  and also increased busses for school use. She is meeting TFL and the commissioner  to ask for more and better bus services for the borough and for availability of more busses at peak times. She also highlighted the request for double decker 407 buses to increase capacity and this is still being worked on.  Ian Price advised that regarding Stanley Park High school the Council are liaising with school on their school travel plan.

 

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