Charlton parking permit zone plans announced: is your street included?

Wonky CPZ sign
Many residents are frustrated with the council’s lack of action on bad parking

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.

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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No date for review of Charlton CPZ – 18 months after Greenwich Council consultation

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A consultation into parking restrictions closed in December 2019

No decision has been made on reviewing Charlton’s controlled parking zone, a year and a half after Greenwich Council ran a consultation into whether any changes should be made to the scheme.

Strictly speaking, all of Charlton has been in a controlled parking zone for more than two decades, but only selected streets close to the station require parking permits, with the last changes being made in 2007.

Since then, the expansion of the Bugsby’s Way retail strip and increased use of sat-nav apps by drivers have been followed an increase in traffic on side roads, with frequent complaints about streets just outside the permit zones being used for long-term parking by drivers who live elsewhere to dodge the charges. Residential permits cost £107, business permits cost £428.

In December 2019, Greenwich Council launched a consultation into revising the scheme – but a decision has yet to be made on whether to look again at which streets need permits this year.

A council spokesperson told The Charlton Champion: “An informal consultation was carried out on the Charlton Controlled Parking Zone to review the existing parking controls and investigate whether any changes to the zone should be proposed. We are in the process of agreeing which parking schemes will be progressed this financial year.

“One of these is a formal consultation on the Charlton CPZ. We do not have a date for when this decision will be made, but if we do propose a new scheme for Charlton we will notify all residents in the area so they can take part in a formal consultation.”


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