Waltham Forest Council carried out a consultation over the implementation of a CPZ (controlled Parking Zone) in the streets around Colworth Road Leytonstone E11. On 15th September residents were sent a letter with the results of the consultation. (see below).
Overall residents rejected the implementation of a CPZ in the area (40% for 60% against) however there were considerable variations in different roads. Some roads voting, albeit from low response rates, in favour by 100%.
The council has decided, in the light of these results, to implement a CPZ in part of the area.
Points for consideration
- Clearly some roads have greater parking pressure than others.
- The council makes considerable money from parking and has aggressively pushed CPZs across the borough
- This is the second time residents have rejected a CPZ in Upper Leytonstone
- Once implemented residents have little power to stop councils increasing residents parking permit fees above inflation
- Non car users will affected too. They will have to buy books of parking tickets if they have family or trades people who might visit them
- Implementing the CPZ partially will place greater pressure on those roads who have voted against the scheme
- Having a parking permit does not guarantee you a place to park in your own road
- Visitors to the hospital park in local roads outside the hours of the proposed parking restrictions
- Implementing a CPZ encourages other areas to adopt CPZs so that over time the majority of roads in the country will have a CPZ. You may therefore find it difficult and expensive to use your car to visit relatives and friends elsewhere
- The introduction of CPZs is part of the wider council policy to reduce car use
- Air pollution is a major problem in London and the south east
- Most car journeys are short (average 0.75 mile)
- Walking and cycling are better for the environment, your health and the health of others
Please let us know your thoughts on the council proposals to partially implement a CPZ in the area by commenting below or getting in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org