01 September 2015

Lambeth announces new details of parking stress review in the borough

Lambeth council have announced further details of the parking stress review taking place in the borough, confirming that Vassall remains a priority for the project.

The review was unveiled earlier in the year after sustained lobbying from residents and local councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – around the Myatt’s Park and Loughborough Road area. Although ballots on controlled parking zones (CPZs) for this part of Vassall were rejected in 2004 and 2009, councillors have been calling for the area’s parking issues to be re-examined as the population rises in the area (especially due to the Oval Quarter development) and more cars have been parking on this patch as surrounding streets have adopted CPZs.

Lambeth have announced changes to the timescale of the project, which began in April, after it was found more work needed to be done to examine the impact of any potential changes in specific areas on traffic in the whole of the borough. The formal work examining issues in Vassall will now begin in October as part of the first six month phase.

A statement from Lambeth said:

“There are areas of particular concern that will need to be dealt with urgently. For example, we know that Vassall ward has a very high level of parking stress, as it is surrounded by Controlled Parking Zones causing problems and frustration for residents which we need to address. The Parking Study is not in itself a consultation on any CPZ, however it will inform the design and early stage consultation of any future CPZs, allowing us to plan them properly and efficiently. We hope to have some answers for Vassall in the first six months. From that information, we will be able to say categorically whether the area needs a CPZ and will have gone some way to designing what it would look like.”

Vassall councillors Paul Gadsby, Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop said:

“We know that proposals for controlled parking do arouse strong passions as both ballots in the past ten years were very close, but it’s clear parking stress has increased significantly since the last test of opinion in 2009. The area around Myatt’s Field Park and Loughborough Road is now surrounded by CPZs resulting in real parking problems for residents who often cant find a space to park their car.

“We lobbied hard and successfully for the parking stress review to come about, and we are pleased that Vassall remains a priority. The final say on what happens to parking should lie with residents.”