Time to Scrap the CPZ?
A local resident outlines her views and ideas for a new borough wide parking strategy
Ann Pavett writes:
''Controlled parking is here to stay so let's bring some order and sense into it for the sake of the residents. I have worked out a new strategy for the borough and have submitted it to Councill officers and my councillors. I was asked to get public support, so I am printing it here for your readers.''
A NEW PARKING POLICY FOR EALING, 2009
The current parking policy for the London Borough of Ealing (Ealing & Acton) is wrong.
It is both a financial assault on our restricted incomes (most of us, that is) and a personal assault on our ability to function freely inside our borough.
What problem needs resolving? Commuter/student daytime parking
What has been the solution? Cut Ealing & Acton up into a multitude of tiny zones and prevent all of us moving around the borough freely, as should be our right.
What is the outcome?
* Nearly empty streets patrolled by an army of traffic wardens
* Fines on borough residents who make the slightest transgression. At £100(50)-a-throw that is excessive punishment.
* Unnecessary paperwork levying an unnecessary annual fee for a parking permit
* Confusion, as each zone has its own parking hours.
* Difficulty in accessing local shops where there are few 30 minute parking bays.
* CPZ “creep” and arguments among residents.
* No solution to excess number of residents’ cars for evening parking.
How can this mess be resolved?
1. Cancel the zones
Why is this scheme better?
1. It gives us back access to our borough’s streets and shops
1. All new buildings should have underground car parks to alleviate demand for road space.
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August 21, 2009