Noel Park Labour Group plans meeting to discuss CPZ concerns

CPZ

CPZ – value for money or cash cow?

UPDATE FROM MEETING ON 18TH MARCH

Tuesday's meeting revealed what many have suspected all along - there really is no clear consensus on whether the Wood Green CPZ should be reduced, and if so, the hours it should cover. Some were for reducing the CPZ, some were adamantly against it. Those against, with few exceptions, were from the streets closest to the shopping centre and therefore most likely to be negatively impacted. Their fear was that residents would be unable to park as more outsiders would feel at liberty to park freely on residential streets, and it does not appear that their concerns were adequately addressed. Those who were for the reduction argued from different angles - those furthest away from the shopping centre said they had plenty of unused parking space that is just being wasted while those nearest admitted they might not be able to park near their home but would love it if a reduction encouraged more visitors to Wood Green. As for times, some are quite happy with the current 8-10, while most everyone else said the CPZ should finish at 6:30 pm. One enthusiastic Hornsey Park Road resident suggested a rather early 4:30pm, and a Park Ridings resident opted for the compromise of 8:00 pm. What does this wildly varying assortment of views mean? A wider consultation will be encouraged, although no promises are being made yet, and the council will go from there.

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In what might just be the start of 2014 local election campaigning for your votes, the Noel Park Labour group is organising a meeting at 7.30pm on 18th March, 2014 at the church hall, Grace Baptist Church, Park Ridings, N8, and wants to know residents' views on the 20 year old scheme, the borough's first, largest and most expensive! What does everyone think, and what concerns do we have?

* What will it cost to change the hours of operation? Would it be better to reduce the cost of permits instead or give every resident a minimum free allocation of free visitors permits?

* Are we getting value for money or is it a cash cow?

* Should the money the council takes from our CPZ be spent on solving parking and traffic safety problems in our area?

* Are the needs across the Inner Zone all the same?

* How will changing the hours the CPZ is in operation make things better in streets nearest the shopping city, when they are already choked by traffic trying to park?

* What happens when the Heartlands is complete and its new community has almost no parking - won't they park in the nearby streets?

* If changing the hours did make things worse, can I still pave over my front garden, like my neighbours and not be penalised?

The CPZ hors were chosen when it was thought the town centre would attract more evening visitors (two cinemas, restaurants and other leisure activities). Now there are other potential demands on parking, not least Heartlands, where residents and visitors will be denied easy access to parking.

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