Action Group Survey On Parking In Chiswick
Most favour 30 min free parking but large number walk to shops
The Chiswick High Road Action Group's survey into parking has found that while two-thirds of people would favour free 30 minutes parking, a sizeable majority of those who responded walk to the shops.
Chiswick High Road Action Group carried out this survey during October and November 2013 and feedback will be given to Hounslow Council.
The main findings were:
A Chiswick High Road Action Group spokesperson said: “Everyone likes the idea of free parking which was unsurprising, but the result is more complex. Although pretty well everyone in Chiswick has a car, an astonishing – and healthy - 73% walk to the shops. The issue may well be availability of space, not the cost, and free parking may not even benefit all shops. The health of our High Road area may seem robust at first sight, but if we value the services and shops on offer, we need to support them, both by spending our money there, but also with positive measures from the council.”
There were many additional comments from survey respondents, eg : “It’s not parking but the selection of shops that is a deal breaker.” “Improving traffic flows and reducing congestion would make the High Road more appealing, 30 minutes free parking would make things worse.” “More cycling parking provision.” “One car-free day per month,” “Greater variety of shops.”
January 28, 2014