Many residents of Weybridge are beset by difficulties in finding space to park their cars, especially in some of the older streets around Weybridge town centre. To alleviate this difficulty some streets have sought and been granted on street parking controls, and these residents usually find themselves paying Surrey County (SCC) for a Resident’s Parking Permit.
Currently, and bizarrely, Surrey Highways is now consulting Weybridge residents on a proposal to introduce on street parking controls in two roads where there is no on-street parking congestion.
There is no highways reason for the scheme that has been proposed for Wey Road and Round Oak Road:
- there is very little on-street parking in these roads, so no need for restrictive controls;
- most houses and flats in these roads have ample off-street parking space;
- there are no safety issues caused by the small number of cars which do park in these roads.
In short, there is no need for on-street parking controls.
Many of the residents in the two roads concerned do not want this scheme introduced as they have no objection to the small number of cars which do park in these roads. Surrey County Council Elmbridge Local Committee have allowed the scheme to be considered despite the proposal falling outside the normal way of approaching such schemes i.e. via the formal SCC annual review of parking.
The highways officer saw no reason for introducing on-street parking controls, but is bound to put forward a proposal as the Local Committee agreed to consider it. There are other streets in Weybridge that are not being considered despite there being severe parking related congestion.
If you would like to make your views known you can do two things:
- Join the “Wey and Round Oak Road NO CPZ” action group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fill in Surrey’s online survey by clicking on this link.
Write your own reason for objection (question eight in the survey) but, in general, the reason is quite simple, parking controls are normally introduced to meet concerns about the four main parking criteria:
- Parking stress
Even a casual observer would recognise that Wey Road does not fall into any of these criteria (except at the entrances which have been dealt with already). That is why the Surrey’s parking officers rejected the proposals outright when they undertook last year’s review.