Following representations made by some local businesses, Raynes Park Businesses Steering Group and the recent CPZ consultation, it was highlighted that the existing varying types of parking restrictions in Raynes Park Town Centre are causing confusion among motorists.
In light of the above, this consultation is aimed at amending the parking arrangements so that most of the parking bays operate similar hours and tariff.
The pay and display parking is to remain unchanged (2 hours maximum stay).
The existing free bays that currently operate 10am to 4pm with a maximum stay of 1 hour are proposed to be converted to pay and display bays operational 8.30am - 6.30pm with a maximum stay of 2 hours. The existing 8am to 10am waiting restriction within the free bays is to be removed to allow parking to take place all day.
The existing free bays that currently have a maximum stay of 1 hour are proposed to be converted to pay and display bays with a maximum stay of 2 hours.
North side - the existing free bays adjacent to Sainsbury's supermarket currently have a maximum stay of 1 hour. It is proposed to convert these to pay and display bays with a maximum stay of 2 hours. The hours of operation for these bays are to remain at 10am to 4 pm.
South side - it is proposed to introduce pay and display bays operating Monday to Saturday between 8.30am and 6.30pm with a maximum stay of 2 hours. These bays will be available all day. It is felt that parking would not impede peak hour traffic flow.
All pay and display bays in Raynes Park Town Centre will allow 20 minutes free parking. The P&D ticket machine will issue 20 minutes free ticket upon pressing the green button on the machine. Please note that it is an offence to obtain additional 20 minutes free ticket. The tariff for these bays will be £1.10 per hour.
It is believed that these changes will:
- Reduce confusion amongst motorists and in turn reduce the number of PCN's issued.
- Encourage a higher turnaround of parking by introducing 20 minutes free, which would mean more custom to local businesses.
- Increase the duration and number of pay and display facilities in Raynes Park Town Centre.
Please note: these proposals are independent of any existing or proposed controlled parking zones in the Raynes Park area. CPZ permits are not valid in pay and display only bays.
What happens next
A Notice of our intentions to introduce the above measures will be published in a local newspaper (The Guardian), London Gazette and posted on lamp columns in the vicinity. Representations for and against the proposals described in this Notice must be made in writing to the Head of Street Scene and Waste, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX or email email@example.com by no later than 7 February 2014, quoting reference ES/SGE/RPTC.
Objections must relate only to the elements of the scheme that are subject to this statutory consultation.
All representations along with Officers' comments and recommendations will be reported to the Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and Regeneration for a decision. Please note that responses to any representations received will not be made until a final decision is made by the Cabinet Member.
We are required to give weight to the nature and content of your representations and not necessarily the quantity. Your reasons are, therefore, important to us.
A copy of the proposed TMO, a plan identifying the areas affected by the proposals and the Council's Statement of Reasons can be inspected at the Merton Link, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX during normal office hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. A copy can also be inspected at Raynes Park Library.