Email to Russell Edwards re parking permit scheme.

From: Tabard North <tgntra@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: Tabard Gardens Traffic Management Order
To: “Edwards, Russell” <Russell.Edwards@southwark.gov.uk>
Cc: “Eatwell, David” <David.Eatwell@southwark.gov.uk>, “Eastham, Karl” <Karl.Eastham@southwark.gov.uk>, “Luthra, Vijay” <Vijay.Luthra@southwark.gov.uk>, “neil.coyle.mp@parliament.uk” <neil.coyle.mp@parliament.uk>, “Dennis, Helen” <Helen.Dennis@southwark.gov.uk>, “Snell, Susan” <Susan.Snell@southwark.gov.uk>, “Parkes, Clarence” <Clarence.Parkes@southwark.gov.uk>, Richard Croly <richard.croly@talktalk.net>

Dear Russell

The contents of your email were passed onto the Tabard Gardens North T&RA Committee, which met on Tuesday 16th June. Members were very disappointed at the continuing delay. They made the following specific points: 

a) while the Public Realm Projects Team have 5 other traffic order requests with them, it seems only fair that this application should be given priority on the basis that the first stage you referred to in your email below of 20th March (ie to produce the report following the site visit of 26th March) seems to have taken nearly 3 months

b) there are now incidents of aggression arising as a result of delay – one attendee spoke of non-residents being aggressive to her over parking, another attendee said that both she and her husband had been verbally abused where, as a result of others using spaces where the attendee and her husband have traditionally parked, they were obliged to try to park nearby  – still on the Tabard Gardens Estate but in an area where local residents did not recognise that they too were residents. The only solution for this attendee and her husband, to avoid trouble, was to pay for metered parking.

c) the Major Works scheme work-sites have aggravated the problem, meaning that there is less space. One attendee asked if it would be possible to lift parking restrictions that normally apply elsewhere to help alleviate the problem. In fact, I first contacted you about this on 20th April, asking if street parking permits could be issued free of charge to residents of affected blocks, and still await a yes / no response.

In short, those attending the meeting were very disappointed with the fact that this proposal continues to take so long to implement and accordingly, as agreed at the meeting, I am  copying this email Peter John, the Leader of the Council as well as to Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive.

I note that Councillor Vijay Luthra asked Councillor Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member for Environment and the Public Realm, on 9th June to investigate the delay, and eagerly await a response to this enquiry also.

I look forward to hearing from you


Regards

Peter Davis
Chair, Tabard Gardens North T&RA

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