Intro: Transport

Labour has waged relentless war against the motorists in its four years in office locally, supported more recently by Mayor Khan in London. Its policies to encourage the building of many more flats whilst simultaneously insisting they have almost no parking has pushed all those residents’ cars onto the nearby streets.

There’s no car pound or removal service now, so if someone parks dangerously (or across your frontage denying you access) there’s nothing that can be done about it.

In a major city like London it is clearly important to run a good public transport network and to promote cycling and walking. But in the real world, most residents have cars and you have to find a way to work with that too. As in so many areas our Labour administration talks about consulting but if residents have the cheek to ask for anything other than what Labour wants, their wishes are just ignored.

In Addiscombe a series of one-way systems have been introduced which are causing chaos. Nearby residents voted against a ‘controlled parking zone’ in their streets: but they got one anyway. We need a council which actually listens.

The Evidence

Mayor Khan’s draft London Plan, published November 2017, insists that no parking can be provided in developments anywhere near a transport hub, without exception.

The plan also encourages back garden development and encourages denser development, increasing pressure on suburban streets to accommodate the cars.

The Labour council is trying to impose a 17 storey tower block on Purley with 220 flats but just 37 parking spaces.

Labour is trying to use its Brick By Brick development company to build on several district centre car parks (Wandle Road and Sanderstead). We will look with an open mind at whether those schemes should proceed, unless they are already contractually committed. Sanderstead looks particularly suspect as it completely destroys a valued local car park upon which the local shopping parade depends and produces zero affordable housing (it’s all for commercial sale).

 

Walking, Cycling & Driving


Pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and those of us who use public transport have all told us there are problems moving around our borough. We’ve listened to you all, and that’s why if we’re elected on 3rd May we’ll implement the following pledges:

We will install air quality monitoring stations and make a major investment in electric car charging points, like this one in Sanderstead.

We will work with the Mayor of London to try to bring a cycle hire scheme to Croydon.

We will protect the current one hour free parking arrangements in district centres.

We will reintroduce the car removal service to assist residents who find themselves blocked in by inconsiderate drivers.

We will freeze on-street parking permit charges.

We will continue to ratchet up the pressure for Southern Rail to massively improve the service on our railways and, if they don’t, we’ll lobby the government for them to have their franchise removed.

We will not build flats on any more district car parks unless there is evidence the car parks are no longer needed.

We will look to introduce an element of free parking in some council car parks near places of worship for key services of worship – to help worshippers bring older or younger relations to the services

We will not build flats on any more district car parks unless there is evidence the car parks are no longer needed.

We will look to introduce an element of free parking in some council car parks near places of worship for key services of worship – to help worshippers bring older or younger relations to the services.

We willl insist on appropriate levels of parking for developments in the suburbs.

We'll reintroduce cross-party voting into the council’s traffic management committee.

We will communicate properly with residents when important works need ot be done: as Labour didn't when it closed Blackhorse Lane Bridge and kept residents in the dark as to what was going on for months and months.

Make the vice-chair of the traffic management committee a member of the largest opposition party to try to de-politicise decisions.

We will be flexible about use of ‘no parking for an hour in the middle of the day’ in residential areas to discourage commuter parking, where there is strong residents’ support.

We will only change speed limits anywhere after binding consultations with affected residents (unlike Labour, who ignored residents in the south of the borough when it introduced 20mph zones).

We will repeal Labour’s ‘no in/out drives’ policy.

We will undertake an area wide traffic study in Addiscombe to come up with a long term solution for the area. Residents will be consulted, and their views considered when coming up with a solution.

We will appoint a non-voting residents’ association member to the traffic management committee to guide it in making resident-friendly decisions.

We will reintroduce the process of informing residents’ associations and ward councillors about proposed changes to parking restrictions – at the moment you only find out about these if you happen to spot the bedraggled notice attached to a nearby lamp-post.

 

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