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More parking bays for Shepherds Bush

Friday January 13, 2012

More parking spaces and new car club bays are set to be created in Shepherds Bush following a parking consultation.

Around 20 new spaces are set to be created by Hammersmith & Fulham Council (H&F Council) in controlled parking zone V, around Queen’s Park Rangers’ home ground, Loftus Road, and surrounding White City.

There is also more good news for residents as H&F Council will be introducing the Smart visitor permit for cheaper parking for residents’ visitors, and more bays for car club vehicles. There will be no change to parking restrictions, as the vast majority of respondents voted against any alterations. Visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/smartvisitorpermit for further information.

The decision comes on the back of the consultation in November 2011, where 81 per cent of respondents said they did not want parking controls to be extended on weekdays. The current controls run from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with motorists being able to park for up to eight hours using pay and display.

Over 88 per cent of respondents said they wanted to keep the current controls on Sundays the same while 78 per cent did not want to see changes to the Saturday restrictions either. In response to the question ‘would you like shorter maximum stay for pay and display parking to be introduced?’, 84 per cent said no.

Deputy leader Cllr Nick Botterill said: “We had a very high response rate to our consultation with the overwhelming majority of people opting not to change the current controlled parking hours. There was a real enthusiasm for the visitor permit and for car club bays.

”We had not reviewed parking in the area since it became a controlled zone in January 1997 and this shows we are listening to residents, by giving the majority of people who responded what they want.“

More than 8,140 consultation leaflets were delivered to residents and businesses in zone V and there was an overall response rate of 11.4 per cent, which is above average for a parking consultation.

Many residents and businesses who replied to the questionnaire – 182 of them – said they would consider joining a car club if a dedicated bay was introduced in their area, while 28 people who responded are already members of a car club.

Research from TfL shows that, last year, 13 per cent of car club members sold a car immediately before joining a car club and six per cent sold one after joining. That works out around 1,680 cars being removed from the road last year.

The changes are expected to be made by the end of March with funding for the new parking spaces coming from Section 106 money as part of a planning agreement with Westfield, while TfL is funding the car club bays.

For more information on the smart visitor permit visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/smartvisitorpermit and for car clubs see www.lbhf.gov.uk/carclubs.

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