Our meeting with our local councillors takes place on Wednesday evening. We are expecting this week to get a meeting organised with the relevant officers. We will be asking all the questions we’ve listed so far, but let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or the comments section below if there’s anything else you would like to raise.
In preparation for this meeting we have undertaken a car count on a weekend vs a weekday so that we can quantify the extent of commuter and displaced parking. This is important as Lambeth’s policy on CPZs states:
The main aim of the CPZ is to discourage commuter and long stay parking by people from outside the area.
So how much of our problem is really caused by commuters and those from outside the area?
There is an 80% increase in cars parked on a weekday. 250 more cars, that’s nearly TWICE as many as on a weekend.
These cars bring pollution, traffic dangers and impede residents parking or moving their cars.
There can be no doubt that our case meets Lambeth’s main aim.
So the hurdles we need to overcome are budget and ensuring a majority of residents are in favour (Lambeth say they will not install a CPZ in any street which is not in favour) – this won’t be easy in some streets, more of this to come in a future post. We will need your help in swinging some local opinion.