Lambeth council have announced further details of the parking stress review taking place in the borough, confirming that Brixton Hill remains a priority for the project.
The review was unveiled earlier in the year after sustained lobbying from residents and local councillors – Florence Eshalomi, Adrian Garden and Martin Tiedemann – around the New Park Road/Kingswood Road area. Although ballots on controlled parking zones (CPZs) for this part of Brixton were mostly rejected in 2009, councillors have been calling for the area’s parking issues to be re-examined as the population rises in the area and more cars have been parking on this patch as streets further down Brixton Hill have adopted CPZs.
Lambeth have announced changes to the timescale of the project, which began in April, after it was found more work needed to be done to examine the impact of any potential changes in specific areas on traffic in the whole of the borough. The formal work examining issues in Brixton Hill will now begin in October as part of the first six month phase.
A statement from Lambeth said:
“There are areas of particular concern that will need to be dealt with urgently. For example, we know that Brixton Hill ward has a very high level of parking stress, as it is surrounded by Controlled Parking Zones causing problems and frustration for residents which we need to address. The Parking Study is not in itself a consultation on any CPZ, however it will inform the design and early stage consultation of any future CPZs, allowing us to plan them properly and efficiently. We hope to have some answers for Brixton Hill in the first six months. From that information, we will be able to say categorically whether the area needs a CPZ and will have gone some way to designing what it would look like.”
Brixton Hill councillors lobbied hard and successfully for the parking stress review to come about, and we are pleased that this area remains a priority but are pressing for faster progress. The final say on what happens to parking should lie with residents.