Zone J Parking campaign

The New 2020 Consultation


1. Background to the Consultation


After the High Court approved a request, from the Zone J Parking Campaign, for a judicial review of the 2019 consultation – on all the grounds it had argued – the Council offered to settle the dispute.

They agreed to hold a new consultation, using a consultation booklet and questionnaire which would be approved by the High Court as part of the settlement.

Given that the Campaign’s principal complaint had been that the ‘indicative plan’ used in the Consultation Booklet only showed 13 per cent of the bays as ‘permit-only’ (a number far too small to meet the needs of residents) it suggested, that while offering the same two options as in 2019, no indicative plan should be included in the consultation booklet and that if it won majority support, its design would be decided upon in a subsequent study.

The Zone J Parking Campaign was happy to accept this.

2. The Options Being Offered


Option 1

This is a simple extension of the current Zone JJ parking control hours – 9 am to 9 pm, seven days a week – to Zone J as well.

Option 2

This would turn around 35 per cent of the existing bays though-out both Zone J and Zone JJ into ‘Permit-Only’ bays. These bays would have the control hours 9 am to 10 pm seven days a week. Given that there are very few ‘business-parking permit’ holders in Zone J, these bays would, in effect, be ‘resident-only’ bays.

The remainder of the existing bays in Zone J and Zone JJ would remain as shared-bays, available to both residents and those paying to park, just as they are at the moment. They would have the control hours 9 am to 5 pm.

The Consultation Booklet confirms that the ‘permit-only’ bays will be placed in ‘residential areas where demand for parking is greatest. It also makes clear that the scheme, if it wins majority support, will be reviewed to ensure it is working effectively for the whole area.

Background to Option 2

Option 2 was developed by the Council in 2018. It did so in discussion with members of the Zone J/JJ Parking Advisory Group which the Council had set up in late 2017 to advise it on future proposals for Zone J/JJ. Option 2 has the support of a majority of the Advisory Group.

An initial overall total of around 35 per cent ‘permit-only’ bays was agreed after the Hammersmith and Fulham Director of Transport and Highways, Mahmood Siddiqi, told members of the Advisory Group that this number was likely to be sufficient, because experience elsewhere shows that residents park in the nearest convenient bay, regardless of whether it is ‘permit-only’ or ‘shared’.

He added that it was also important not to provide too many ‘permit-only’ bays initially, given that they become so popular with residents, they are difficult to remove. On the other, if insufficient ‘permit-only’ bays were provided, he said: “additional bays could be provided, literally overnight”.

3. Advantages and Disadvantages of the Options

Option 1

For:

  1. Option 1 is likely to help a significant number of Zone J residents – particularly those living furthest from the Uxbridge Road. This is because the 2016 imposition of extended hours in Zone JJ caused a substantial displacement of parking into their streets. Under Option 1, few would in future, want to pay to park there.
  2. Option 1 will deter some shoppers from parking in Zone J, when visiting Westfield.
  3. Option 1 will deter some football supporters from parking in Zone J/JJ.

Against:

  1. Option 1 is likely to make parking worse for both Zone J and JJ residents living near the Uxbridge Road.
    • the loss of any free evening and weekend parking, within comfortable walking distance of the Uxbridge Road, is likely to cause a reverse displacement of parking to that which occurred in 2016: this time moving parking stress back to the Uxbridge Road.
    • this is because it will, over time, inevitably increase the number of people feeling that they have no option but to pay to park, something Ringo now makes easy: these drivers will want to park as close to the Uxbridge Road as possible; inevitably, over time, this must add to the the difficulty in parking some residents in Zone JJ are already experiencing, despite its extended hours.
    • Option 1 will also encourage some to risk leaving their cars without paying, again, they will want to do so as close to the Uxbridge Road as they can.
  2. Option 1, unlike Option 2 (see below) offers no long-term protection to residents
    • parking pressure is likely to grow over time as ever more people become prepared to pay to park, something Ringo makes easy
    • ‘shared-bays’ will not protect residents from this, there will just be fewer shared bays available to them.
  3. Option 1 is likely to increase pollution and congestion on and around the Uxbridge Road.
    • the only free evening and weekend parking will be on single and double yellow lines: this will make these spaces even more sought after and encourage drivers to pursue them, even more than at present.
  4. Option 1 will make life more difficult for many older residents, keen for visits from children and other family members.
    • the rules are unclear, but it seems that under Option 1 residents will only be entitled to free evening and weekend parking for one visitor (not two as in the past) and then only if they have a residents parking permit.
    • the Zone J Parking Campaign is trying to get these issues clarified.
  5. Option 1 will not deal with pressure from Uber and delivery drivers sitting in their cars near the Uxbridge Road.
  6. Option 1 offers no advantage at all, to residents without cars; it seems the majority of residents will not even be able to access the concession on free evening and weekend parking for one visitor
  7. Option 1 will not necessarily deal with the problem of Westfield shoppers
    • It will still provide cheaper parking than Westfield and allow shoppers to avoid the risk of gridlock in Wood Lane
  8. Option 1 will not deal with the problem of match day parking
    • its pay-to-park bays will provide inexpensive and convenient match day parking
  9. Option 1 will harm local places of worship
    • these help and bind our community together and provide valuable help for both the elderly residents and the young; but they will suffer badly from the loss of free evening and weekend parking for volunteers.
  10. Option 1 will make life more difficult for local businesses, particularly local restaurants.
    • free evening and weekend parking will be widely available elsewhere in central London, something which will put many businesses, particularly restaurants, at a disadvantage.
Option 2

For:

  1. Option 2 will help allow residents throughout Zone J and Zone JJ to park relatively close to their homes
    • the Council has made it clear that it will give priority to residents' parking; it believes turning around 35% of bays into 'resident-only bays' will achieve this; but it has committed itself to reviewing
    • the scheme and, if necessary, increasing the number of such bays, should this be required; it believes, however, that this will be unlikely, and that any change will be minimal.
  2. Option 2 help protect residents over the long term
    • parking pressure is likely to grow, with ever more people prepared to pay, something Ringo makes easy.
    • if this makes life difficult for residents (there is always the possibility that fewer residents will own cars) the existence of ‘resident-only’ bays will an easy potential solution: residents would just need to petition the Council to increase the number of ‘resident-only’ bays, something they could do very easily.
  3. Option 2 will help residents with visits from family and friends;
    • the rules are far from clear (the Zone J Parking Campaign is trying to get them clarified) but using Ringo, residents will be able to provide free evening and weekend parking for one visitor (it used to be two, but this seems to have been reduced); it is not clear whether residents without parking permits, can take advantage of this concession; doing so is so difficult, some have given up trying.
    • the provision of free evening and weekend bays, even if a short walk away, will be better for everybody.
  4. Option 2 will protect residents from Westfield shoppers
    • shoppers will not be able to park in 'resident-only-bays'
  5. Option 2 will protect residents on match days
    • fans will not be able to park in 'resident-only-bays'
  6. Option 2 will help local businesses.
  7. Option 2 will help local places of worship and protect the help they provide many in our community
  8. Option 2 will provide protection over the long term, as pressure on parking in our area grows and more and more people are prepared to pay.

Disadvantages

  1. Option 2 will encourage some Westfield shoppers to park in the free bays on weekend afternoons
    • although residents are often away at weekends and – hopefully – sufficient 'permit-only bays' will be available for to accommodate residents easily.
  2. Option 2 will encourage football fans to park in the free evening and weekend parking bays on match days
    • although, as above, hopefully enough ‘permit-only’ bays will remain available to accommodate residents easily.

An Important Footnote:

An overarching benefit of Option 2 over Option 1 is that if residents choose Option 2 and its controls prove inadequate, then past experience suggests it will be relatively easy to persuade the Council to extend control hours.

If residents choose Option 1 however, and its controls prove inadequate, past experience suggests it will be very difficult, probably impossible, to get the Council to offer 'resident only bays' again.

It is likely that we will have lost any possibility of these useful bays being introduced.