Parking in Coulsdon
01/09/2014 18:34:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
We ward Councillors have been made aware that the Council has granted permission for the Lion Green Road car park to close from 19th November 2014 for a total of 15 months while the development is being constructed.
Whilst we support the principle of the development and believe that it will be beneficial for our town, we are conscious that local traders and residents fear that closure of the car park will hit their trade especially over the Christmas period. We agree with their sentiments entirely.
One of the highlights in the Coulsdon calendar is the annual Christmas festival ‘Yulefest’ which this year takes place from 6-7th December. We are concerned that the closure of the car park before this event could reduce turnout and support for this much loved community event.
The new Aldi store on the site of the former Red Lion Pub is due to be completed in early 2015 and will provide 48 parking spaces. It will allow customers 90 minutes free parking on the site to allow users visit other stores around Coulsdon town. With Lion Green Road closing in November, and the new Aldi facility not being ready, we are concerned that this will exacerbate the situation and should be avoided if at all possible.
We have written to Croydon Council leader Cllr Tony Newman, Cllr Toni Letts (Economic Development), Cllr Kathy Bee (Transport and Environment) and Council CEO Nathan Elvery to ask them to consider, and if viable, actively support our four ideas to alleviate parking pressure in Coulsdon town:
1. Write to all relevant authorities to delay the closure of the Lion Green Road car park until after construction of the Aldi store and its associated parking spaces. This period would also include Yulefest 2014 and ensure the development does not disrupt this much loved community festival. Sir Richard Ottaway MP and Steve O'Connell GLA have done the same.
2. During the Christmas period we ask that the Council redoubles its efforts to find additional, temporary parking spaces in and around the town or to relax current restrictions where appropriate. Suggestions could include one hour free parking on most if not all town centre roads (not just Brighton Road) or contacting residents to utilise their unique knowledge to recommend parking solutions.
3. Longer term, we would like the Council to consider allowing special parking provision for traders and those who commute to work in the town. We suggest that the Council looks at ensuring that half of the spaces it will be providing in the Coulsdon Community Centre car park are allocated to these special ‘permit holders’. The best method of allocating these tickets could be worked out by experienced officers.
4. We have written to Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, asking him to consider allowing cars to park on the bus lane on the A23 (Farthing Way). This lane currently does not have any bus routes using it and so is space that could be used to temporarily alleviate parking pressures during the 15 month Lion Green Road construction period. We would appreciate having the full support of the Council and politely requested that Councillors and Council officers also write to Sir Peter regarding this matter.
We have contacted all our Residents’ Associations and have asked them to contact the Council on this topic with their views. We are aware that many of them already have and wish to reiterate that we share their concern about parking provision in town.
We hope the Council will strongly consider our suggestions as we believe them to be practical and in the best interests of the local economy of Coulsdon town.
We would be more than happy to meet with anyone at the Council to discuss this further.
Cllr Mario Creatura, Cllr Jeet Bains, Cllr Luke Clancy
Coulsdon West Councillors
Cllr Christopher Wright, Cllr Margaret Bird, Cllr James Thompson
Coulsdon East Councillors
NB: Since this post we have been informed that as well as the support of Sir Richard Ottaway MP and Steve O'Connell GLA we also have the backing of Chris Philp (Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate), both the Coulsdon East and Coulsdon West Residents' Associations and the Coulsdon Liberal Democrats.