When it comes to parking, Councillor Phil “Two Permits” Thomas is being forced to keep in reverse gear.
Peter Morgan, the local resident who has worked tirelessly on the Croydon Against Parking Plans campaign for almost a decade, off and on whenever the council tries to soak local drivers for some extra cash, has reported on the CRAPP website that Tuesday’s meeting of the transport management cabinet committee roundly rejected Thomas’s wheeze to impose paid parking bays in the Norbury.
Morgan writes that complaint was made by many councillors, led by Alison Butler, the Labour group’s deputy, that the council’s report into the proposal “was confusing and did not make clear what members of the public had said during the formal consultation period”.
In common with the handling of the previous central Croydon parking consultation by Thomas and the council officer David Wakeling, this latest report was selective in terms of what it used, quoting an informal consultation from some months ago, and not residents’ objections or petitions submitted recently during the formal exercise.
A decision on Norbury was deferred until June 20, and Wakeling has been ordered, like a naughty schoolboy, to go away and re-do his homework (again), by delivering a revised report.
Morgan has already done Wakeling’s work for him:
- Norbury Avenue: residents in favour of CPZ proposal 13 per cent
- Norbury Crescent: 10.7 per cent
- St Helen’s Road: 8 per cent
- St Helen’s Crescent: 6.7 per cent
Morgan notes: “For St Helen’s Road and St Helen’s Crescent, in each case there were objections from the Norbury Green Residents Association and from the Scots Estate Residents Association. These are the two groups that represent the St Helen’s Triangle, and should be taken seriously.”
Part of the council’s case for imposing a CPZ in the area was that it would improve conditions for businesses, commuters using Norbury Station, and shoppers in the area. A single petition from a business on London Road returned 55 signatures from customers who strongly disagreed.
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