Agenda item

Petitions

A.Campaign for Pop and Shop in Wallington- Bring Back Free Parking to Wallington High Street

Lead Petitioner: Vic Robinson or a representative will speak for 4 minutes.

Prayer: Please show support for free parking to enable local shopkeepers and businesses to survive.

Officer: Steve Shew, Head of Smarter Travel Sutton

 

B.Campaign for Pop and Shop in Wallington-Businesses Concerned for the Future of Wallington

Lead Petitioner: Vic Robinson or a representative will speak for 4 minutes.

Prayer: We the businesses of Wallington are aware that the Wallington Town Centre Scheme has been operating under an experimental basis (Experimental Traffic Management Orders) and since its inception many businesses have suffered financially seeing takings drop between 5% and 45% approximately.  This letter is to formally give notice that the works carried out in Woodcote Road and planned to regenerate the area into a vibrant shopping area have totally failed……

Officer: Steve Shew, Head of Smarter Travel Sutton

 

C.Elmwood Close Residents Against Proposed Restrictions

Lead Petitioner: Susan Bird or a representative may speak for 4 minutes.

Prayer: We the undersigned residents are against the proposed introduction of parking restrictions in their present format and feel strongly that the proposed double yellow lines be altered so as not to decrease parking spaces in the area whilst still bringing improved safety to the corners of Elmwood Close and Wandle Road…..

Officer: Peter Ashley, Traffic Engineer reports “A resident of Elmwood Road brought to LB Sutton’s attention that two neighbours’ vehicles had been damaged, the main cause they felt was parked vehicles close to the junction causing sightline difficulties. Committee approved funding, officers drew up the scheme and consulted on proposals to implement ‘at any time’ waiting restrictions. Currently looking at requested changes to the scheme, a petition has been received asking that we reduce the proposed ‘At Any Time’ waiting restrictions. Officers have been on site and are considering the request.”

 

D.Against Parking Restrictions in Garden Close

Lead Petitioner: Julian Rozario will speak for 4 minutes on behalf of residents.

Prayer: The local council have proposed parking restrictions in the form of a single yellow line from the entrance of Garden Close to opposite Abinger Close. Please sign below if you are against these changes.

Officer: Peter Ashley, Traffic Engineer.

 

E.Hooters – Against Restrictions of Parking in Bath House Road, Croydon

Lead Petitioner: Mr and Mrs Sanchez or a representative may speak for 4 minutes.

Prayer: Hooters – For those against restriction of parking in Bath House Road please sign and date below.

Officer: Peter Ashley, Traffic Engineer.

Minutes:

A.Campaign for Pop and Shop in Wallington- Bring Back Free Parking to Wallington High Street

 

The Prayer to Petition A read: “Please show support for free parking to enable local shopkeepers and businesses to survive.”  The Chair requested that Petitions A and B be taken together as they were linked. See minute below.

 

B.Campaign for Pop and Shop in Wallington-Businesses Concerned for the Future of Wallington

 

The Prayer to petition B read: “We the businesses of Wallington are aware that the Wallington Town Centre Scheme has been operating under an experimental basis (Experimental Traffic Management Orders) and since its inception many businesses have suffered financially seeing takings drop between 5% and 45% approximately.  This letter is to formally give notice that the works carried out in Woodcote Road and planned to regenerate the area into a vibrant shopping area have totally failed..”

 

Janet Barrance, resident, Trevor Langridge from Cladish and Vic Robinson from Cobblers Awl spoke on behalf of residents and businesses. 

 

Janet Barrance expressed concern that the half hour parking in the library car park did not encourage people to stay, just to shop quickly. She requested plates to be erected on the current parking bays and outside the Town Hal with free/cheaper parking.  She felt the one-way system increased congestion and was a hazard to pedestrians.  She also expressed concern with the puffin crossing and Ross Road.

 

Trevor Langridge gave various suggestions including increasing the short term parking to attract business and increasing the amount of parking available by adding a bay outside the Town Hall, opposite Sainsbury and in Beddington Gardens.  He also suggested shared usage with delivery lorries and that parking discs could be made available from local shops.  He requested that the one way system at Beddington Gardens and the cycle lane be removed and that the Farmers’ Market be brought down Woodcote Road.  He advised that people’s businesses, jobs and homes were being affected.

 

Vic Robinson asked why local shopkeepers were not consulted.

 

Steve Shew, Head of Smarter Travel Sutton advised that Petition B would be responded to as part of the consultation on the experimental orders.  The improvements were made to support and strengthen the role of Wallington as a Local Centre and were made with the agreement of the Steering Group set up to oversee the design and implementation of the scheme. He advised that the suggested ‘angled parking’ and the associated reversing onto the ‘A’ Road would be dangerous and increase congestion.  He also advised that High Street footfall, and therefore turnover had declined nationally by 10%.

 

Councillor McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing and Ward Councillor for Wallington South responded by advising that Wallington residents and shoppers had shaped the plans. Dedicated loading bays were introduced after speaking with shopkeepers.  The income downturn referred to when works were taking place and takings were now at the level usual for the time of year.  Many shopkeepers were unaware of the free half hour parking which was being addressed.  Improvements in Wallington Square are welcomed by residents and a review of the impact following the works is ongoing but surveys suggest positive feedback with some caveats.  Comparative economic impact surveys will be undertaken. In relation to suggestions to increase the free parking to two hours, Councillor McCoy advised that a holistic review of parking policy and charges was being undertaken and would help inform the assessment of the impact of the Wallington improvements.  No major changes to the scheme was proposed at this time, but the results of time and reviews would inform any future decisions.

 

The Chair advised that the review was on-going and would close the debate.

 

Resolved: To note the comments made above.

 

C.Elmwood Close Residents Against Proposed Restrictions

 

Resolved: To note that this petition had been withdrawn from this meeting as residents were speaking with officers outside of the meeting.

 

D.Against Parking Restrictions in Garden Close

 

The Prayer to Petition D read: “The local council have proposed parking restrictions in the form of a single yellow line from the entrance of Garden Close to opposite Abinger Close. Please sign below if you are against these changes.” Julian Rozario spoke on behalf of residents.

 

Mr Rozario asked for the parking situation to be reviewed perhaps by allowing parking on the kerb or taking away the grass.  Peter Ashley, Traffic Engineer advised that Sutton Housing Association and residents had written to advise of difficulties in getting refuse, delivery and emergency vehicles down the road. He advised he could see that people had parked on the grass.  He would undertake a site visit with residents and Councillor Joyce and investigate removing some of the yellow lines.

 

Resolved: (i) To note the photographs and plans circulated.

 

(ii) To that Peter Ashley would undertake a site visit with residents and Councillor Joyce and investigate removing some of the yellow lines.

 

E.Hooters – Against Restrictions of Parking in Bath House Road, Croydon

 

The Prayer to Petition E read: “Hooters – For those against restriction of parking in Bath House Road please sign and date below.” Mr and Mrs Sanchez spoke on behalf of residents.

 

Mrs Sanchez advised that Hooters was a small family business and requested that the council be selective in where the yellow lines were placed.  The proposals would cause the business to cease running. She hoped the situation could be resolved, as it had been on previous occasions.  Mr Sanchez advised the double yellow lines would leave no room for customers to park.

 

Peter Ashley, Traffic Engineer advised the request had come from the M.P. who had expressed concern that lorries parking on the footway caused pedestrians to walk in the road.  Many lorries used it as a taxometer break.  Peter Ashley did not want to harm the business but advised many units were concerned with access.  He suggested that he speak to the units to investigate where to put the yellow lines.  Councillor Leach asked ward councillors to help solve the problem.

 

Resolved: (i) To note the photographs and plans circulated.

 

(ii) To note that Peter Ashley would speak to the units in conjunction with ward councillors and investigate amending the yellow lines.