Last week, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake met with Councillor Manuel Abellan, lead member for Sutton Council’s parking strategy, to discuss several issues raised with him by local residents.
During the meeting, Tom asked Cllr Abellan to review the size and types of schemes for each area, to consider carefully the impact of the (N1) van restrictions on residents around St Helier and to provide more clarity on the availability of car parking spaces for overnight parking in the affected areas.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"I regularly, and have done so for many years, receive complaints about commuter-parking around Hackbridge and Carshalton stations, parking by staff and patients’ families near St Helier Hospital, traffic congestion, the shortage of car parking spaces and residents having difficulty entering and exiting their driveways.
"That’s why I am pleased that Sutton Council have decided to prioritise Sutton streets for Sutton residents.
"These proposals are not final and over the coming weeks I will be working hard with local Councillors and residents to make sure that any plans make our roads safer and meet the needs of local residents.
"There are a number of issues like the types and size of schemes, the impact of the (N1) van restrictions on residents around St Helier and the availability of car parking spaces for overnight parking in the affected areas that I will be following closely."
In January 2018, Sutton Council sent a questionnaire to 43,000 households in the Borough to gather their general concerns about parking. Based on these responses, Sutton Council then put together specific proposals, including Controlled Parking Zones, one-hour restrictions and Permit Parking Areas, to try to address some of these issues. A further 43,000 questionnaires were sent again to get residents’ views.
This consultation finished at the end of last year. At the moment, Sutton Council is going through thousands of residents’ responses. Tom will meet continue to meet with local Councillors and residents once the results are published and the plans have been updated. He met with some residents in Prince of Wales Road on Friday to hear their views on parking locally.