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Council parking consultation in Hampton Wick ends in confusion

The results of the parking consultation held over the summer in Hampton Wick have finally been published (click here) and show a large majority of almost 2:1 respondents in favour of change.

Despite this, the consultation doesn’t meet the council’s arbitrary rule on CPZ consultations – a rule which we consider to be unfair and indeed unworkable. (Richmond council’s policy on CPZ consultations is surely a mistake.) Regrettably, as a result, the Council will not be progressing with the proposals.

Nonetheless, and confusingly, the decision then goes on to state:

“However, we will be looking to increase the hours of operation of certain yellow lines to deter parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays.”

We don’t know what this means and have asked for clarification. As and when we hear, we’ll be sure to publish details.

Background
Hampton Wick’s roads are overrun with Kingston shoppers on Sundays. The Hampton Wick Association has been pressing for changes to the CPZ so that weekday rules also apply on Sundays to help prevent Hampton Wick being used as a free overflow car park by Kingston shoppers. Sunday is the busiest day of the week for shopping in Kingston.

The arbitrary and unfair rule states that: more than half of the total households in the consultation area (ie not just those who respond) must be in favour. We think this rule is unfair and seek to explain why here: Council’s policy on CPZ consultation is surely a mistake.

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