Lion Green Road closure
20/07/2015 15:45:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Lion Green Road car park closed on 19 July 2015 and the Council has just released the below statement:
PARKING MEASURES TO MITIGATE LOSS
The Council has the following suite of measures in place to mitigate the loss of 188 long-stay and 35 short-stay parking spaces currently on the Car Park.
Short & Medium-Stay Measures
· The redevelopment is providing 190 parking spaces for all Town Centre users for up to 2 hours free of charge – which will be available in 18 mths.
· On-street parking bays are provided throughout the Town Centre, mostly two and four hours, (30 minutes/one hour free parking); some full day.
· In response to the temporary loss of short-stay spaces at the car park, an additional 23 new on-street parking bays have been introduced.
· As this leaves a temporary 12 space shortfall of short-stay spaces, the Council is introducing c40 medium-stay spaces at the CALAT car park, subject to planning for a new access/egress point onto Woodcote Grove Road. We are also exploring the possibility of opening up access within the next week or two via the existing entrance.
· This totals 63 new additional short-medium parking bays being introduced to the Town Centre, 23 already in place and the additional 40 by the end of the year or sooner subject to planning advice, to replace the 35 short-stay temporarily being lost.
· There is free, unrestricted, parking available on many roads outside of the CPZ that provide free long-stay parking.
· A snapshot survey of roads within a 10-minute walk of Coulsdon Library carried out by Parking on 16 July 2015 at midday, identified that 147 all- day free parking spaces were available. This is in addition to the bays that were being used at the time that the survey was undertaken.
· So, of the 188 long-stay spaces going, approximately 147 long-term spaces are available now (although the survey was taken a few days before public schools closed for summer, which may have slightly increased availability if some families started their holiday just ahead of schools closing). Parking has confirmed that this 31 (or more) shortfall is more than accommodated in parking bay availability within a 15 minute walk of the town centre. Therefore, all of the 188 long-stay spaces lost are provided – although up to 15 minutes walk of the town centre.
· Town Centre businesses can purchase up to four Business Permits to enable them to utilise many of the on-street parking bays within the CPZ.
· We have offered local businesses support to put in place travel plans.
A public meeting was held with Town Centre stakeholders on 17 July 2017. Face to face visits have also been made to Town Centre shops and businesses. The following points have arisen from these discussions:
· The percentage of car park users defined as railhead ‘commuters’ may previously have been misrepresented.
· Businesses are concerned about business decline due to lack of parking.
· The primary concern appears to be for medium and long stay parking for local employees. There is unease about parking outside of the CPZ and walking in, safety, distance, uncertainty about finding a space.
· The Council were requested to relax parking and loading restrictions during the redevelopment, explore with TFL de-designation of the bus Lane on Coulsdon bypass, and consider the industrial estate.
· Concerns that there are insufficient on-street parking bays to accommodate the displaced parking and these spaces are already under pressure from competing uses of shoppers, visitors and businesses.
· Explore use of industrial estates for parking and/or to facilitate links between town centre companies and industrial estate firms that have vacant parking.
· With TfL, explore de-designating the bus lane on Coulsdon bypass to provide additional parking.
· Finalise arrangements for opening CALAT car park as soon as possible.
· Council to consider temporarily relaxing parking restrictions.
· Feedback in writing to local stakeholders on actions / responses.