Many households in Charlton will have had a thumping great envelope thwack onto their doormats last week – Greenwich Council has finally got around to unveiling its plans for extending Charlton’s controlled parking zone (CPZ), two years after carrying out a survey into it.
Most of Charlton is already in the CPZ – but much of the area still permits free parking regardless. That will change if the council’s plans go through, with drivers in most streets between the A102 and Maryon Wilson Park set to need £107 annual permits.
With the growth in back-street traffic over the years and complaints about retail park customers parking up in side streets, much of this was probably inevitable, although some streets close to the A102 – where finding a space is less of a problem – may feel a little hard done by.
But if you regard lots of parking as a problem, there are some baffling omissions. Most of Victoria Way, home to vans which don’t move for weeks or even months at a time, would remain free for anyone to dump their old bangers on. As would nearby Tallis Grove, Highcombe and Bramhope Lane, which would find themselves squeezed between streets gaining restrictions.
Here is the same problem @Royal_Greenwich
This person was parking on the pavement next to double yellows as I was walking. She got out and said she was going to call the police. I said do, and tell them that someone is taking a picture in the public of you parking illegally. pic.twitter.com/3dU501jyIc
— Paul, walking and cycling is the new norm. (@lxtwin) October 16, 2021
Nor are there plans for permits in Charlton Park Road, where drivers frequently leave their motors where they like, with little enforcement. You may know of other omissions.
If you want to check whether your street is affected, download the maps at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/charltoncpz – the consultation lasts until 13 December.
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