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Fairlawn Road – zone W5 review

Update - Fairlawn Road statutory consultation - 13 May 2011

The Council is seeking the views of local residents/businesses on proposals to introduce pay and display only parking bays in Fairlawn Road outside Dundonald Congregational Church, operational Monday to Saturday, between 8.30am and 6.30pm, with a maximum stay of one hour and no-return within two hours. For further detail please see the Fairlawn Road newsletter below.

See also

  • Fairlawn Road Statutory Consultation Newsletter - Zone W5

Update - Statutory Consultation - 25 June 2010

The informal consultation carried out in October/ November 2009, resulted in a response rate of 12.3%.

QuestionsYes %No %Unsure %
Q2. Are you satisfied with operation of the ‘W5’ CPZ?79.310.310.4
Q3. Do you feel that the days need changing to Mon - Fri?27.665.56.9
Q4. Do you feel that the days need to be changed?17.26913.8

For the collated results on a road-by-road basis, for all questions, please see the table below.

After analysing the returned questionnaires and taking note of your views, the results and officers’ recommendations were reported to the Cabinet Member for Planning & Traffic Management and the Street Management Advisory Committee on 12 January 2010. In view of the consultation responses, the Council has decided to proceed with a formal consultation on the following proposed measures:

  • To introduce pay and display shared-use bays in Fairlawn Road outside Dundonald Congregational Church, operational Monday to Saturday, between 8.30am-6.30pm, with a maximum stay of two hours and no-return within two hours.
  • To extend the existing permit holder bay in Dundonald Road between property nos. 19 and 21.
  • To replace existing single yellow lines with double yellow lines in Dundonald Road and at its junctions with Cochrane Road, Goodenough Road and Caroline Road.
  • To replace existing single yellow lines with double yellow lines in Dundonald Road between its junction with Caroline Road and the entrance to the Network Rail yard.

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Informal Consultation - October 2009

Merton council is carrying out a review of the existing ‘W5’ Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). Zone W5 was implemented in 1996. Since its introduction the Council has not had the opportunity to carry out a significant review to address any requests and concerns the local community may have. The objective of the review is to identify any such alterations to improve road safety and the operation of the parking controls to benefit its residents and businesses. This could involve the introduction of double yellow lines at key locations such as junctions; changes to the CPZ hours of operation (currently Monday to Saturday, 8.30am-6.30pm); changes to the use of certain parking bays; and additional bays or extensions where suitable.

In addition, to enable effective enforcement of the controls, it is necessary to ensure that all the restrictions comply with the Department for Transport’s regulations. This means that all designated on-street parking bays and other restrictions with different operational times to the CPZ, must be clearly and correctly marked and signed.

Proposed changes

The following changes are proposed as shown in the newsletter below.

To provide pay and display shared use bays in Fairlawn Road and Dundonald Road outside Dundonald Congregational Church, operational Monday to Saturday, 8.30am-6.30pm, with a maximum stay of two hours only (This will provide additional parking provision for residents and short stay parking for non-residents).

To provide additional or extend permit holder parking bays outside property nos. 26/28 Fairlawn Road; 19/21 Dundonald Road without compromising safety and access.

To improve safety and access by reducing obstructive parking that is currently taking place outside the current controlled times by replacing the existing single yellow lines with double yellow lines at certain locations such as junctions, bends and at width restrictions.

CPZs that have been operating for a number of years generally operate Mondays to Saturdays in Town Centres. These controlled times are more suitable for a number of reasons, ie. shoppers especially on Saturdays, businesses and local employees. Away from town centres the controlled days may differ, however these areas may also be closer to train stations, attracting commuter parking. We recognise that these may require different operating hours, therefore there is a case to consider alternative controlled times in areas away from town centres.

Optional changes

The following optional changes could be considered where there is general support.

To change the operational hours:

One-hour operation (11am-12noon)
This minimum restriction will offer more flexibility for residents visitors than the current all day controls, reducing the amount of visitors’ permits they would normally need, and is still effective in restricting commuters and other long stay parking. However, it may encourage other short term parking by non-residents or businesses. Non-residents may also work their way around the one-hour by moving their vehicles and then returning to park for the rest of the day. Full enforcement of an entire zone within a one-hour period may put extra pressure on Enforcement Officers, making the parking controls less effective. The standard annual parking permit charges will still apply regardless of the hours the zone operates.

Reduced hours of operation (10am-4pm)
These operating times offer less restrictions on residents and their visitors than the current ‘all day’ controls. It is still effective in preventing commuters and other long stay parkers. 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 street due to this. Motorists unable to park in nearby zones with longer operating times may also take advantage of the available parking outside the controlled times. The standard annual parking permit charges will still apply regardless of the hours the zone operates.

To reduce the operational days (Monday to Friday)
Reducing the existing restrictions to Monday to Friday will offer more flexibility for residents and visitors on weekends. However it may encourage non-residents to park on Saturdays, which is not currently permitted. The standard annual parking permit charges will still apply regardless of the days the zone operates.

Let us know your views

The consultation period for this proposal closed on 20 November 2009.

We regret that due to the number of responses received during a public consultation it will not be possible to individually respond 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 Street Management Advisory Committee for consideration and subsequently to the Cabinet Member for Planning and Traffic Management for a decision. Once a decision is made you will be informed accordingly.

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Contact us

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Telephone: 020 8545 3054
Fax: 020 8545 4865
Email: trafficandhighways@merton.gov.uk