19 July 2017

New permit parking zone announced for Vassall area

Lambeth council have confirmed that a new controlled parking zone will be introduced in Vassall in the next few months after a series of consultations with local residents.

The residential street area in the ward which surrounds Myatts Field Park and extends up to Vassall Road and Loughborough Road is one of the few in South London without any form of controlled parking (other parts of Vassall on the Stockwell side of Brixton Road do have a controlled parking zone). Surrounding parts of both Lambeth and Southwark have in the past decade opted to introduce permit parking, as have many estates within the same neighbourhood (Lambeth designated estates have different arrangements from the residential streets covered in these proposals).

These developments have led to increasing concern about traffic stress as parking spaces are often taken up by commuters and those who dont live in the area, which has left residents struggling to find a place for their vehicles. There have been increasing complaints from local people about incidents of road rage and from cyclists who find the overcrowded roads difficult to navigate.

Local councillors - Paul Gadsby, Annie Gallop and Jacqui Dyer - asked for the issue of controlled parking to be looked at again with the final say going back to residents. Following a parking stress review, a formal consultation and a further feedback period on proposals for the area, the council has approved a new set of parking controls for the area.

These include:
  • Parking permits to be introduced, with residents only able to buy permits although short stay paid for parking bays will be available in parts of the area.
  • The controlled parking zone will operate 8.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Work will begin in early August on making the area ready for the implementation of the scheme with the parking permit system coming into force during September.
  • Lobbying from local councillors has ensured that there will be more short stay parking pays near GP practices in the area for patients dropping off or collecting people.
Full details of the plans and the background of the consultation process can be found here