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Parking permits campaign success 22 March 2014

Posted by George Crozier in council.
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This story appeared in the February – March 2014 Forest Hill Focus

In the summer, Lewisham Council tried to introduce a cash-free payment system for parking permits, where residents had to buy permits online or by phone.

To make matters worse, the Council failed to tell residents who need visitors’ permits what they were doing. Many of these were elderly residents who felt uncomfortable paying by phone or over the internet.

Following a motion tabled by Lib Dem councillors the scheme has been relaxed. Permits can now be purchased at Lewisham Library for cash.

What’s more, the premium 0845 phone line has been replaced by (020) 8787 5397 and the Council are relaxing restrictions placed on some people who require visits from carers.

“The Labour Council’s proposals showed little regard for the needs of some elderly and vulnerable residents,” said Forest Hill councillor Alex Feakes. “I am delighted the Council has belatedly seen sense.”

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Parking zones consultation 4 January 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Forest Hill, Lewisham Council, Streets, Uncategorized.
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This article appears in the December 2013 / January 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Following pressure from many local residents and your councillors, the council are intending to consult on introducing residents’ parking around Dartmouth Road and the Pools in the spring.

Councillor Philip Peake said: “The success of the new pools means that there has been more pressure for space on Dartmouth Road and side roads such as Thorpewood Avenue and Sydenham Park Road. Residents have been finding this difficult so the plan for the zone must help that situation while making sure that the shops on Dartmouth Road do not suffer. Free short term bays on Dartmouth Road should be kept and the period in the Perry Vale car park should be increased to two hours to match the one behind Sainsbury’s.”

The council will also be considering a zone around the Honor Oak Park shops and looking at the existing zone around Manor Mount for changes. If you have any views on parking in these areas please do let us know.