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Chalgrove Avenue – proposed zone M3

Update - 9 October 2015

In September 2015 the result of the statutory consultation to the M3 CPZ in the Chalgrove Avenue area was reported to the Cabinet Member for Environment Sustainability and Regeneration.

Approval has been given to proceed with implementation of the scheme with the anticipated operational date of 30 November 2015, see the Decision Sheet below.

For further information see the links below to the Implementation Newsletter and for detailed information to the result of the statutory consultation please see the Cabinet Member report below.

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Update - 26 June 2015

The informal consultation carried out in June/July 2015, on the proposal to introduce a controlled parking zone (CPZ) M3 in the Chalgrove Avenue area resulted in a total of 32 online questionnaires returned, representing a response rate of 50%. A detailed road by road analysis of the results show that 78.1% support a CPZ in their road, compared to 15.6% who do not and 6.3% who are unsure or did not comment. Residents were also asked which hours of operation they would prefer should the CPZ be introduced in their road. Results also show 37.5% of respondents preferred Monday to Sunday, 28.1% preferred Monday to Saturday and 34.4% preferred Mon to Fri. Detail analysis of the results and officers recommendations can be in the report can be viewed below.

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Informal consultation – 13 March 2015

The council is seeking the views of local residents on proposals to introduce a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in Chalgrove Avenue, Ashley Avenue, Elsrick Avenue and Redclose Avenue. This proposal is in response to representations and a petition received from local residents who are experiencing parking difficulties in their road. Generally, residents feel the problem is being caused by:

  • Commuters who park and complete their journey by public transport.
  • Staff of nearby businesses.

It has, therefore, been decided that the council would carry out an informal consultation to seek views on proposals to control parking in above mentioned roads (see linked drawings for the proposals below).

Proposals

The proposals include a number of provisions which are detailed below.

Operational hours
The choice of operational hours are:

  • All-day controls (8.30am-6.30pm): This will provide maximum protection to the residents by removing short- and long-term parking. It will, however, be less flexible for residents and their visitors who will need to obtain a visitor’s permit from the resident they are visiting in order to park in the permit-holder bays.
  • Part-time controls (10am-4pm): These operating times offer less restrictions on residents and their visitors than ‘all day’ controls. It is still effective in preventing long-term parkers. However, it may encourage short-term parking by non-residents or businesses, such as shoppers outside the operating times. Residents returning from work later in the afternoon may find less available parking in their street due to this.
  • Four-hour controls (11am-3pm): These operating times offer fewer restrictions for residents and their visitors than the “all day” controls. It is still effective in preventing commuters and other long stay parking. However, it may encourage short-term parking outside the operating times by non-residents or businesses. Residents returning from work later in the afternoon may find less available parking in their road due to this. Motorists unable to park in nearby roads without controls may also take advantage of the available parking outside the controlled times. The standard annual parking permit charges apply regardless of the hours the zone operates.
  • Operational days
    The proposed operational days include:

    • Monday to Friday: This will offer more flexibility to residents and visitors at weekends. However it may encourage non-residents, especially shoppers, to park on Saturdays, therefore reducing available parking for your visitors.
    • Monday to Saturday: Provides maximum protection to the residents. However, it will be more restrictive on visitors who would require a visitor’s permit to park during the controlled times.

    The standard prices for annual parking permits apply to all operational times, whether all day or part time, (for permit pricing structure see Frequently Asked Questions below).

    Parking provisions: The following are incorporated within the proposed measures:

    • Double yellow lines at junctions, bends, ends of cul-de-sac and at strategic sections of the road to create passing gaps. (This will improve safety and access at all times by reducing obstructive parking that is currently taking place)

    Let us know your views

    The decision on whether or not to proceed with the next step, which would involve a statutory consultation on the proposals, will be subject to the responses received during this consultation. The Informal Consultation period for these proposals closes on 10 April 2015.

    We regret that due to the number of responses received during a public consultation of this size it will not be possible to individually reply to each respondent. We welcome your comments on this proposal, which will be noted and included within the proposed measures where appropriate.

    What happens next

    The results of the consultation along with officers’ recommendations will be presented in a report to the Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and regeneration. Once a decision is made local residents will be informed accordingly.

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    Contact us

    Traffic & Highways
    Merton Civic Centre
    London Road
    Morden
    SM4 5DX
    Telephone: 020 8545 3054
    Fax: 020 8545 4865
    Email: trafficandhighways@merton.gov.uk