2.1 Cllr Barnham introduced Zahur Khan, Head of Public Realm and then handed over to Seamus Adams, Head of Commercial Operations and Development, Public Realm who ran through the attached presentation outlining the proposal for improving infrastructure and parking arrangements in the local area.
2.2 Zahur emphasised that this approach was not developed in the context of silo working as there had been substantial collaboration with other borough to align proposal and ensure that schemes of work do not cause adverse impact across borough boundaries.
2.3 The strategy and consultation has been developed to be delivered in three phases programme through consultation. Stage one consists of proposals for two areas:
Crofton Park ward is included in the Catford scheme.
2.4 Currently Lewisham has 23% CPZ coverage which is low for an inner London borough and residents report frustration with the amount of commuter parking in the borough.
2.4 CPZ schemes operate well through an area-based approach, rather than individual roads which just push parking onto other streets.
2.5 The approach that has been taken also focuses on sustainability and improving air quality through environmental change on a street by street basis, where residents can influence what infrastructure is needed on their street.
2.6 Slide 8 of the presentation details the streets that are included in the scope of the consultation.
2.7 The plans include the introduction of double yellow lines at junctions to improve road safety by increasing visibility for pedestrians.
2.8 There will also be a review of existing CPZs.
2.9 Consultation will run 17 Jan~26 Feb 2023.
2.10 Drop-in sessions:
3 February 2:30pm ~ 4:30pm St William of York Primary School
6 February 12 noon ~ 2pm Ackroyd Community Centre
7 February 3pm ~ 5pm Stillness Primary School
8 February 4:30 ~ 6:30pm Honor Oak Station
17 February 10:30 ~ 12:30 St Saviours Church
2.11 Results of the consultation will be presented at Mayor and Cabinet meeting.
Q. How do I get involved and show support?
A. There will be an online survey and the 5 drop-in sessions where people can see detailed plan. Residents will be sent information and we will also undertake door knocking in streets where we are seeing a low uptake of engagement.
Q. What provision will you put in place to ensure that older people, carers and people with disabilities are able to voice their needs about the proposals.
A. We will actively reach out to people in these groups as part of the door knocking exercises.
Q. What is the percentage of parked cars that come from outside of the borough.
A. We are doing some modelling with other boroughs, but we do know that Around 60% of road space in Lewisham is used for on-street parking, but less than half of households in the borough own a car.
Q. In four years’ time what do you think the uptake of cycling will be?
A. It’s hard to say but these measures are designed to contribute to ourtarget for 80% of all journeys in Lewisham to be made by walking, cycling or public transport by 2041.
2.12 Several people raised that most of the area scoped is in Crofton Park and the fact that naming the scheme Catford area could mean that resident don’t realise that they are affected. This was brought up several times during the meeting.
2.13 Seamus stated that they are happy to review the name, but everyone in will be sent a pack to outline the proposals.
2.14 It was pointed out that night time parking is similar to day time parking suggesting that incoming parking isn’t an issue.
Q. Does Crofton Park get money from the revenue that is generated from fines as a result of parking in Crofton Park.
A. This is used is used to provide concessionary permits for older people and people with disabilities. The revenue collected does not cover the total cost of this provision.
Q. What are you doing about cycle/pedestrian shared space as this is often hazardous as are e-scooters on the pavements?
A. E-scooter are a problem as there is lack of legislation on this so the police do not have the powers that they need to tackle this issue.
Q. Road safety is an issue outside the Chandos pub with poor views at Codrington Hill, how will the proposals tackle that? Cllr Anwar concurred with this as it has an impact for children at Stillness School.
A. The double yellow lines at junctions should help with visibility.
2.15 More crossing patrols for schools was discussed and Cllr Barnham raised the need for a crossing at Manwood Road which many parents are in favour of. It was also raised that there is and unfilled vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol Person.
Q. Will the new package include 20mph cameras.
A. Only if there is capacity for the police to monitor them. Wandsworth Council is currently working on the creation of a pilot scheme with the local Police. Lewisham is currently lobbying for Council enforcement of the 20mph zones. Cllr Barnham added that the Council is constantly pressing for more work on this.