Tuesday, 6 August 2013

New Parking and Loading Rules in Central Road

The new parking rules in Central Road seem to be causing a bit of confusion and also a little discontentment for some. A few people have contacted me to ask what the new restrictions are. So I have had a bit of a snoop about and actually learnt a few things about parking restriction myself! “Oo-er  I hear you say excitedly – tell me more!”

Okay then... First:
It seems there are significant differences between No Waiting, No Stopping and No Loading.
No Stopping

The strictest of these is ‘No Stopping’ also known as a ‘Clearway’. It is symbolised by a red X on a blue circle with a red outline. You cannot stop there whether it is to park, let passengers in or out, sit in your car (with your engine running or not) or to load or unload stuff. The painted line equivalent is a red line along the road. A single red line means No Stopping at certain times (shown on a sign nearby), a double red line means not at any time. We seem not to have any of these in Central Road.

No Waiting
The more lenient version is the ‘No Waiting’ restriction. This is a single slanted red line on a blue circle with a red outline. This effectively means no parking or waiting. From what I understand, this one hinges on your car being ‘in use’ or not. So if you have stopped to pick up or drop people off it is okay to stop here. Also if your car (or van etc.) is in use – being loaded or unloaded with goods, then that is okay too. However, just sitting in it (with your engine running or not) is considered ‘waiting’ rather than ‘in-use’ and is a no-no. The painted line equivalent of ‘No Waiting’ is a yellow line along the road. A single yellow line means no waiting at certain times (shown on a sign nearby), a double yellow line means at any time.

‘No Parking’ means you can wait in your car, you just can’t leave it there while you go and do other stuff.

Now seeing as ‘No waiting’ allows loading and unloading, the powers that be have added a ‘No Loading’ to the mix which often seems to work in conjunction with the ‘No Waiting’ restrictions. That would mean you can only stop to drop off passengers or pick them up, but not to load or unload stuff. There is a painted equivalent of ‘No Loading’ as well. This is little yellow stripes painted on the kerb, either as single stripes meaning during certain times, specified on a nearby sign or, you guessed it, double stripes meaning no loading at any time. (See the pattern emerging!)

Please note that this is not a comprehensive description and that I am not any sort of expert on this. For proper guidance you should have a look at this direct.gov pdf document which unlike this blog, is obliged to be accurate.

What’s Changed In Central Road

So that's the theory, what about the reality? Apart from the dedicated parking bays, the entire length of Central Road appears to have ‘No Waiting’ restrictions. In fact you need to travel up Cheam Common Road past Ruskin Drive before you see a stretch of road that is not adorned with yellow lines however most of this was there before.

There seem to be three main changes however:
  1. The ‘No Waiting’ restrictions have been eased back by one and a half hours. Where they used to be from 8am until 8pm, they are now 8am unil 6:30pm.
  2. More ‘No Loading’ restrictions have been introduced along Central Road with no loading anywhere in Central Road during peak times.
  3. And ‘Loading Only’ bays have become parking bays from 12:30pm until 6:30pm.
You can read all about the original proposals on page 5 of this council document. And you can read in even more detail about the works on this official Council works notice.

Taken 30th July
Fines given out before parking signs displayed?

According to this official notice, the new restrictions came into operation on the 1st of July. However I first noticed the new stripes painted on the road around three weeks later. (Isn’t it great that photos are dated!) The new parking signs hadn’t finished going up until a month later either.  Unfortunately I have heard of at least one report of someone receiving a fine for loading before the ‘No Loading’ signs had all been put up. I wonder if the Council feels this is justified?

The overall result seems to be a little more parking available and substantially less loading space available.

Affect on Local Traders

Having spoken to several local traders, the ones who receive their deliveries overnight or very early in the morning are not really affected by the changes and are glad to see a little more parking available. This seems the same for those ones who don’t rely on large deliveries or don't need to do any delivering of goods themselves. However I spoke to two traders who are affected quite badly by the new loading restrictions. Both Ross from ‘Ross Fruiterers’ and Gaynor from ‘The Conservatory Florist’ are adversely affected by this because a large part of their business is delivering goods.

Sue and Gaynor from
The Conservatory Florist
Gaynor's Conservatory Florist shop

Gaynor who owns ‘The Conservatory Florist’ told the blog that they supply flowers for several funerals a week and need to time their deliveries around the funerals. During the new morning restrictions they have had to park at the other end of Caldbeck Avenue when the loading spaces in Longfellow were taken and "you just can’t carry a full coffin spray all that way".

Ross Nelson from Ross Fruiterers
Ross Nelson who has run his fruit shop on Central Road for 23 years told the blog that he hasn’t got the space in his shop to pile up his afternoon orders. He needs to load them straight into his van but can’t do that if he can’t park close to the shop to load them.

So dear reader, over to you - what are your thoughts on the new parking/loading restrictions in central Road?

7 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Off LOADING failure on KT4 said...

"The overall result seems to be a little more parking available and substantially less loading space available." That puts it rather well, until you consider that over £2million has been chucked on this Outer London Fund 'revitalizing the public realm' nonsense. Apparently translating as gridlocking Central Road with road works (with already decaying stonework to show for it) , banning the remaining traders from using Central Rd and sealing off one of only two access points to the town's major car park. Oh yes, sorry, credit where credit's due: making Victoria House look far worse than it's ever looked - apparently it was 'to encourage new businesses'! [I'd like to know how!]

My sympathies for the traders who Sutton Council's brain dead, clip board carrying troglodytes have obviously failed to accurately (or even vaguely) record any of the feedback from the High Street. The troglodytes seem more excited about putting shiny new benches outside the shops they are trying to put out of business! [I doubt they can actually spell 'business']

Pleased Worcester Parkian said...

The fruiterers that blocks the road with a van on one side and the pavement with fruit on the other? As a cyclist and a pedestrian it sounds like a reasonable change - none of the other traders impinge on the pavement and the road so much.

It's people like the previous poster that make Worcester Park hard to live in - just insult the council, dismiss the views of traders unless they hate the council, dismiss any attempts by the council to improve monstrosities like Victoria house, etc.

The amount of moaning about how terrible the high street looks - and then this when it is improved. There is no pleasing some people.

Not pleased Worcester Parkian said...

Interesting use of the word "improved"......

Another not pleased WParkian said...

'Improved'? More like 'Squandered'!

Perhaps 'Pleased Worcester Parkian' represents one of those lucky few contractors, seemingly all from outside town, who have been handed £2 million. And in return, they have left behind a trail of £20,000 worth of failed and failing white elephants, that will cost us another fortune to fix.

Still Pleased WPKian said...

The high street looks so much better! What is possibly going to need to be fixed? I just don't understand how doing up the roads, pavements, easing congestion and adding in a bus stop will need to be fixed?

The issues that have been fixed have been nothing but positive for most of us, but I get the feeling that the naysayers on here probably would have a problem whatever was done or not done. Incredibly easy to criticize, but does anyone have any suggestions what to do about the monstrosity that is Victoria house? An incredibly congested road further blocked by a single van constantly parked at one of its slimmer points? Pavements and roads falling into disrepair?

In response to the improvements many traders up and down the high-street are doing up their front ends - overall the effect is, and will continue to be, positive.

And no, I am not a contractor. But if we are going to play the guessing game I am going for a UKIP/Conservative voter with very little interest in the anything but party politics - it's the only reason I can think for roundly slagging off all the improvements that they can think of. So far the council has consistently maintained the support of the people (as elections/by-elections have shown) so... whatever I suppose.

guest said...

Have you only just realised it is party political diatribe! I also think that you can rule out UKIP as the writer would have been attacking Boris as the project is under his immediate control.

A town centre that lacks investment will die faster than one being invested in, so I think baring the huge (3 cm) chip out of one of the kerb stones, we should be thanking those involved, all of them.

Yes it could have been done better, but equally the money could have been spent doing up another Outer London town centre and so continuing the decay of WP and we wouldn't have seen any return on the money given to Boris.

guest said...

A sight I never expected to see - a Ross Fruiterers van getting a ticket, at 10:40 this morning. Perhaps there is a god after all, well Nemesis anyway. Wish I'd had a camera with me.
A few more and maybe they'll realise that they should be parking somewhere legal, instead of causing congestion, and trolleying or barrowing their produce to the shop.
The argument that someone cannot run their business without parking illegally is facile.

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