Other Central London boroughs have Permit Holder only bays, sometimes referred to as Resident's bays, as do countless other local authorities, throughout the country. Hammersmith and Fulham should have them too, but presently have scarcely any.
In Permit Holder only bays only residents and those with 'business permits' are allowed to park during controlled hours, i.e. the hours displayed. The controlled hours for these bays are commonly from 9.00am to 8.00pm or 9.00pm or even later, up to seven days a week.
Hammersmith and Fulham have mainly Shared bays. Shared bays are available both to permit holders and those who pay to park. The controlled hours for these bays are usually much shorter than those for Permit holder only bays, e.g. 9.00am to 5.00-6.00pm.
There are obvious and immediate advantages:
There are also less obvious and longer-term advantages:
It is proposed that Zone J and Zone JJ be re-united into one controlled Zone J, just as before, and that a varying proportion of 'Permit holder only' bays be introduced in every street.
These bays should have controlled hours 9.00 am to 9.00pm seven days a week, although they could, perhaps, commence later, on Sundays.
Near the Uxbridge Road, where residents have difficulty in finding parking places, more Permit holder only bays should be provided. Further away from the Uxbridge Road, where there is less parking stress, fewer would be needed.
The rest of the existing parking bays should remain as 'Shared bays' throughout Zone J with the same, or much the same, controlled hours as before, i.e. 9.00 am to 5.00 pm five days a week.
Just as at present, residents would be able to park in these 'Shared bays', at any time, free of charge.
It would be up to the Council to determine the number and placing of the Permit holder only bays. In some streets, a high proportion will be required, to provide sufficient protection for residents.
The number of Permit holder only bays would need to be kept under review.
While parking would become easier for residents, it would become a little more difficult for those visiting Zone J. But visitors would enjoy the big advantage of still being able to park free of charge in the evenings and at weekends. This would far outweigh any disadvantage.
It would help everybody and protect our community.