For some time Zone J residents have been looking at other parts of London which have similar parking problems.
In all those looked at, residents are protected by 'resident-only-bays', often with extended control hours.
Such bays are often found alongside ‘shared bays’, with much shorter hours, available to both residents, who can use them free of charge, and visitors, who must pay.
The Zone J Parking Campaign is asking the Council to introduce a proportion of new resident-only bays, with extended hours. It would like these bays to have the control hours of 9 am to 9 pm, seven days a week.
These new bays should sit alongside the existing shared-bays, which should retain, or revert to, the control hours of 9 am to 5 pm, five days a week.
While it would be up to the Council to decide the numbers and location of the different types of bay, it seems obvious that those living near the Uxbridge Road will need significantly more resident-only bays than those living further away, who have rarely had much difficulty in parking.
Such an approach would combine the best of the current scheme in Zone JJ with the best of that in Zone J - while removing all the distress and disruption these schemes have caused.
Such an arrangement would also provide residents with a fair degree of help on match days.
Another advantage is that such a scheme can be easily revised. Both the ratio of the two types of bays and even the control hours can be subsequently amended to correct any initial mistakes in the scheme’s design or to deal with changing parking demand.
We would like to hear what you think about this and whether you would support such an option being given – or whether you have misgivings.
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