Parking Survey Update

Apologies for the radio silence but we have been regularly emailing the Council since our last update for more information on the “Parking Survey”. Mr Raj Mistry continues to ignore our requests for information or for a face to face meeting, and direct applications to the leader of the Council (Lib Peck) and the Chief Exec (Sean Harriss) haven’t provoked a response from Mr Mistry either. We’re sure you share our frustration at this lack of transparency.

There is lots of detail below for those interested, but suffice to say that nothing will be done until after the Lambeth Parking Study has reported back on our area, which will not be until June 2016.  Once the report is available, there will need to be a Council discussion on whether they want to proceed with a 2 stage consultation.  Although it is suggested that a consultation could happen immediately after, Lambeth makes clear that a consultation would have to be funded separately and there is no indication that any budget has been earmarked.  We know from previous information that these consultations are costly, as are the initial set up costs.  Our Councillors have assured us that they will push hard for an early consultation (though none of the three take a position on the CPZ itself).  It is critically important that some budget is earmarked in the 16/17 budget for this consultation otherwise it will not take place till mid 17, and therefore we may be without a CPZ till 2018.

Of course we will hear about the budget constraints within which Lambeth is operating, but we again point out that Lambeth operates a significant surplus in parking revenue that can ONLY be spent on transport including parking.  They cannot transfer this surplus to social care (the closest thing is the Freedom Pass) and it is therefore disingenuous to suggest that money spent on parking is money taken from disadvantaged residents.

As many of our treasured community assets like Myatts Field Park, Longfield Hall and the Library are transferred to community groups, and are likewise forced to seek significant increases in external revenue streams, we see that parking could become a barrier.  How could you hold a wedding or event at Longfield Hall if you required vehicle access or parking?  Or the offputting sight of abandoned vehicles such as the motor home currently covered in white paint sitting outside the Little Cat Cafe on Cormont Road?  And we know that Lambeth, particularly around Brixton Rd is one of the most polluted areas in London, yet nothing is being done to reduce commuter traffic in this exclusively residential area.

Tackling the roads around our community and preventing them from being suffocated by commuter parking is of vital importance to the sustainability of our community.

We will continue to keep you updated, and for those of you who are interested in the detail, please find it below…

The first response we received suggests that the Parking Survey is firstly an exercise to update and digitise Lambeth’s out of date parking records, and then to assess the effectiveness of such

Expected outcomes of the Parking Feasibility Study are as follows:

  • Fully ‎digitised‎ records‎ of‎ the‎council’s‎ on-street car parking assets; all streets within
    existing Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) will be visited and surveyed by staff and the
    information will be digitised using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) software package;
  • The existing CPZ zones will be checked for safety and legal compliance;
  • Existing demand for parking within CPZs will be assessed, and where appropriate,
    recommendations to change the geographical extent of existing CPZs and / or the hours of
    operation will be made;  
  • Detailed on-street parking surveys of non-CPZ areas in the borough will take place,
    and a prioritisation list will be complied for new schemes to be taken forward for future
    consultation and implementation.  

More specific detail on what is involved:

  • The term ‘on-street‎ survey’ ‎refers ‎to ‎the ‎process ‎where ‎an ‎engineer‎ measures‎ lengths of on-street road markings relating to parking bays, motorcycle bays, disabled bays, cycle parking, yellow lines etc, as well as capturing all the location of posts and parking signs. Recording the existing parking assets in the borough will be a fundamental element of the Parking Feasibility Study. 
  • The‎ term‎ ‘parking ‎stress‎ survey’‎ is ‎where ‎an ‎identified‎ set ‎of ‎roads‎ are‎ surveyed ‎on‎ 1 or more days, at 1 or more times during the day in order to determine the number of vehicles parked and the number of possible parking spaces available. This allows us to determine parking demand (or stress) placed on the road. Within existing CPZs, this will help the council understand how zones are performing and where any adjustments in zone boundaries or hours of operation may be required. Outside CPZs, this work will enable the council to understand the different parking requirements that need to be catered for, the level of parking that will need to be designed into any new CPZ schemes, together with the scope for non-parking uses within the highway areas (i.e. cycle parking / trees and planting etc)
  • There ‎are ‎typically ‎up ‎to ‎2‎ stages‎ of ‎consultation‎ with‎ new‎ CPZs.‎   A)‎ 1st ‎Stage‎ ‘in‎ principle’‎ Consultation‎    B)‎ 2nd‎ Stage‎ ‘detailed ‎design’‎ Consultation.‎   As ‎part ‎of ‎the ‎Parking‎ Feasibility Study will not be undertaking any public consultation, but will be gathering comprehensive data in relation to parking to inform future decision making regarding new schemes or changes to existing zones. Consultation will only take place when decisions are made regarding any specific schemes that will be taken forward.
  • The decision to move on to detailed consultation (stage 2) for any particular CPZ implementation would come from the Cabinet Member responsible. This decision will be informed by the Parking Feasibility Study outputs, and the available funding to implement such changes. The council can decide whether to undertake a stage 1 and stage 2 consultation, or just a stage 2 consultation, for any given scheme.

More detail here:

http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/parking/lambeth-parking-study

And here:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/292468/response/730487/attach/2/Internal%20review%20response.pdf

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