Mixed Reaction to Grove Park CPZ Decision
Consultation on Park Road and Staveley Road to proceed
As was widely anticipated, Councillor Ed Mayne, who is responsible for parking matters in the borough of Hounslow, has decided to initate a consultation into controlled parking in two roads in Grove Park.
Immediately following the news local Conservative Councillor Sam Hearn stated on the ChiswickW4.com forum, "We intend to 'call in' to The Overview and Scrutiny Committee the decision to re-consult the residents of Park Road and Staveley Road on the need for a localised CPZ"
The opposition's decision is made on the basis that local councillors believe that it is a waste of officers' time and taxpayers' money to consult as the wishes of residents on a street by street basis are already known from previous consultations. Also, it is 'illogical' to consult before the impact of the introduction of parking charges at the Chiswick House Car Park is known and the proposal to reconsult was unanimously rejected by Chiswick Area Councillors. The Councillors accept that the Scrutiny Panel is unlikely to halt the consultation.
Support for Councillor Mayne's decision came from the Park and Staveley Road Residents Association. Jan Shawe said, "Car park charges at Chiswick House on the A4 will undoubtedly make commuter parking even worse in Park and Staveley Roads. The lack of action by the Council in addressing this problem over a number of years (including allowing Chiswick Station to become the only station in Hounslow without a cpz) does it no credit. Councillor Mayne should be supported in his attempt to improve this situation. He knows the severity of the parking problem in Park and Staveley roads and the safety issues they engender."
A controlled parking regime operating two hours a day was suggested by the association on an experimental basis.
Councillor Mayne has also given the go ahead for parking charges in the car park at Chiswick House just off the A4. These will apply between 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Mondays to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) from 12th September 2012. It will cost £1 for up to two hours, £4 for up to four hours and £15 above six hours. A proposal to sell season tickets for the park was not adopted. The principle of introducing charges at the car park was agreed by both the Chiswick Councillors and Councillor Mayne.
August 17, 2012