Survey: Vast majority want no housing on Lion Green Road and at least 200 parking spaces
18/01/2017 10:03:00......Posted by Luke Clancy
A whopping 83% of local residents say they are unhappy with the prospect of housing being built on Lion Green Road, according to Coulsdon West Conservatives’ survey on the future of the site, and would in fact prefer to see no housing at all built on the much-prized car park.
Only 13% of residents are comfortable with the idea of housing being built on Lion Green Road, out of more than 160 who took part in the survey.
Asked how many car parking spaces they thought should be accommodated on the Lion Green Road site, a majority (56%) would like to see at least 200 spaces. A total of 18% of respondents would like to see 100 parking spaces, while 19% would like to see between 100 and 175 parking spaces, and only 7% would like less than 100 spaces. The preference of most respondents was that a substantial proportion of parking spaces should be long term (in excess of 7 hour stay).
In comments to the survey left by residents, the most common theme was that Coulsdon already has enough supermarkets in the town and another is not needed, but if a supermarket had to be accommodated on the site its size should be kept to a minimum and it should be a smaller type of store.
Local people said loud and clear that in any development plans it is vital the maximum amount of parking is delivered from this site. This will ensure that the town centre continues to capitalise on the excellent retail offering it already benefits from. It is now up to the Council to listen to what residents and businesses want and to ensure that is reflected in any future scheme.
Amongst comments to the survey left by residents, the following was among that recorded and is indicative of the general mood and feeling:
"Parking and traffic issues are already making the daily lives of the community a misery."
“We just need a car park for the station and shops otherwise I will go elsewhere and you will lose my trade."
"Coulsdon needs parking not more housing."
"The irony is that we have a lot of good shops in Coulsdon but they are all threatened by the lack of parking.”
“We need parking to support local business. There is no point having the best shops/facilities in the world if no one can park."