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
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
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.
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 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
Option 1 will deter some shoppers from parking in Zone J, when
Option 1 will deter some football supporters from parking in Zone
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
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.
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
‘shared-bays’ will not protect residents from this, there will
just be fewer shared bays available to them.
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.
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
Option 1 will not deal with pressure from Uber and delivery
drivers sitting in their cars near the Uxbridge Road.
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
Option 1 will not necessarily deal with the problem of Westfield
It will still provide cheaper parking than Westfield and allow
shoppers to avoid the risk of gridlock in Wood Lane
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Option 2 will protect residents from Westfield shoppers
shoppers will not be able to park in 'resident-only-bays'
Option 2 will protect residents on match days
- fans will not be able to park in 'resident-only-bays'
- Option 2 will help local businesses.
Option 2 will help local places of worship and protect the help
they provide many in our community
Option 2 will provide protection over the long term, as pressure
on parking in our area grows and more and more people are prepared
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.
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
It is likely that we will have lost any possibility of these
useful bays being introduced.