Paper petition details

The Removal of Parking for High Street Customers

The pavement widening to 2 metres between Chestnut Road and Chatsworth Way has removed the parking for customers and is preventing the loading and unloading of good to the shops.

This decision is based on a consultation by Streetworks Norwood 2 Tulse Hill with 225 people 2 years ago but the consultation did not include all the members of public who use the High Street facilities or the shopkeepers to whom it relates. That consultation did not explain the consequence of this action to the limited demographic used. This petition requires the reinstatement of all the original parking places and for dialogue to be undertaken for the provision of additional parking, to encourage more use of the local retail community.

On reaching 1500 signatures The relevant officer will be called to an Overview and Scrutiny committee meeting

This Paper petition was received on 06/02/2019.

1046 people signed this Paper petition.

Council response

Parking has been removed from Norwood Road at this location to encourage more pedestrians and cyclists. Parking provision is available on the High Street (opposite) and also at the junctions of Chestnut Road and Chatsworth Way as well as Waylett Place. Cycle racks have been provided to assist in encouraging more cyclists.

Unloading and loading access has been retained through a dedicated loading bay which has been designed to accommodate long vehicles and is accessible throughout the day.

Consultation was carried out widely in the area and independently for businesses. 15000 leaflets were delivered stating the aims and detail of the proposals for the area. Several workshops were also commissioned to scrutinise and inform designs.

The Council does not intend to reinstate the parking on Norwood Road as it wishes to increase the access to high street by pedestrians and cyclists as well as retain parking for motorists in the vicinity.

The Council is also not intending to install or encourage further parking spaces in the borough as this does not align with the mayoral priorities for cleaner air and a more physical populous. Furthermore recent studies by Transport for London have articulated the benefits to retail in designing public spaces to be accessed by walking and cycling (http://content.tfl.gov.uk/walking-cycling-economic-benefits-summary-pack.pdf)
A document with additional information is supplied which details the background to the exercise