Decision to introduce parking restrictions despite Council opposition is hugely disappointing

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Despite nearly two years of opposition from the London Borough of Bexley the Mayor of London has decided to allow the Royal Borough of Greenwich to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) on Rochester Way and Welling Way. 

The area borders Bexley and our opposition to the proposal was that it is likely to result in displaced commuters parking on residential streets in the Falconwood and Welling areas.

It was clear from the survey we conducted that the majority of our residents are against the proposal and the Council therefore strongly opposed it from when the Royal Borough of Greenwich first proposed it.  We are sure that the proposal will create problems for Bexley residents and hit hard-working families who commute and who are already struggling with the cost of living.

We challenged the introduction of the Controlled Parking Zone on the following grounds:

  • the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone will hinder and cause parking problems for Bexley residents further down Welling Way and on the adjoining residential roads. We believe residents in 17 roads or parts of roads within our borough will be adversely affected
  • there is no car park at Falconwood station and hard-working families who commute and are already struggling with the cost of living will be most affected.

Cllr Richard Diment, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said:

We are extremely disappointed at the Mayor’s decision to allow the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) at Rochester Way and Welling Way as this is likely to impact badly on our residents. Yet again the Mayor of London is ignoring the interests of Bexley’s residents.

Residents gave us a clear message of what they think of the introduction of this scheme and we have strongly championed their views from the start.  It will adversely affect our residents and cause problems for them to park. 

We will need to monitor what happens closely and how best we can minimise the negative impact of this decision on our community”.