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Joined 03-06-2005
Posted on Monday, 28 May, 2007 - 06:24 pm:   

Much of the centre of Forest Hill will become a controlled parking zone when the Davidís Road CPZ (Davidís Road, Waldenshaw Road, Piercefield Avenue and The Fieldings) comes into operation shortly.

Iím absolutely not opposed to CPZs Ė and all-day parking by commuters needs to be controlled in these streets. But this type of CPZ Ė a blanket ban on all cars not displaying a permit except in a few pay and display areas - will effectively make Forest Hill a ghost town. The rows of empty shops will increase even more.

Why oh why has LBL turned its face against the much more flexible CPZ system which operates in parts of Bromley close to shopping streets? This bans parking for non-permit holders for one hour per day (usually between 1pm and 2pm) and prevents all-day parking by commuters whilst allowing shoppers to park.

All of you wanting nice new coffee bars and restaurants in FH can wave goodbye to them once this scheme comes into operation. Potential shoppers will just drive on down the road to Lordship Lane.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 28 May, 2007 - 07:23 pm:   


I think that one hour ban operates in Blackheath, which is part of the Borough of Lewisham. Perhaps one of our councillor readers could explain why Forest Hill does not qualify for such an arrangement.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2007 - 07:34 am:   

Parking needs to be provided/ encouraged in the Perry Vale car park, This is such an obvious solution to the problem. It can be managed so as not to encourage all day parking by commuters due to expense but can encourage short term parking to encourage economic activity in the area. Instead the Council have taken the imaginative step of proposing this area as a lorry park , displaced from Laurence House in Catford. When people voted for the CPZ in their streets where they given the choice of arrangement or even the full story?
Joined 11-01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2007 - 08:32 am:   

Did people actually vote for a CPZ in their streets?
Joined 03-06-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2007 - 08:32 am:   

Residents in the proposed new CPZ were not offered any alternative CPZ schemes. Incidentally, you can find a PDF of the consultation form if you enter "St David's CPZ Lewisham" into Google. I know of two households in Waldenshaw Road who returned their survey form with a letter arguing the need for the alternative "one hour" system but who received no reply.

I have e mailed the 3 local FH councillors and the town centre manager about the situation and will phone them later today if they do not reply.

Roz - you are correct about the Perry Vale Car Park. If you want see the effect of car parking charges, just look at what has happened there. The charges are reasonable - from memory, the first half hour is free, then it's 50p for three hours. But does anybody use it? No - there are barely a dozen cars in there during the working day. Hence, the lorry park.

I am not arguing a pro-car agenda. Merely, a sensible realisation that FH is competing with at least three other local shopping centres where parking is free.

Would you open a new restaurant/business in one of the empty shops in FH with the current parking policies?
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2007 - 09:25 am:   

The car park in Sydenham is free because local councillors asked for it to be made free. Presumably under prssure from their local constituents. I suspect that if we apply similar pressure, the car park could be made free. Obviously, it would need the one hour restriction to prevent all day commuter parking. Unless we want to divert commuters ' cars there and release parking in the roads.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2007 - 01:01 pm:   

This is very serious . Could our Councillors get involved. I agree a 1 hour ban in the middle of the day is best also means warders have not got to be there all day.
The only reason the council are doing this must be for revenue. The FH Society should request urgent answers from the counil and our concillors.
Just in case anyone thinks I am anoyed because of personal reasons although I do have a car now I am giving this up in October.

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