Local resident Gillian Mosely has written to Cllr Jones to request a review of the decision to keep the hours of operation of the CA-D unchanged. Our ward councillors Julian Fulbrook and Sue Vincent have also commented.
Cllr Jones replied, "This issue has been considered carefully and in great detail in recent months and the decision-making process was concluded last week at the special meeting held in public. The consultation results were clear and the issues around the validity of the consultation and whether it makes sense to redraw the CPZ boundaries have already been answered in email correspondence with councillors and at the public meeting.
The council does not have the resources to reopen a new decision-making process on this the week after it was decided - this would divert money and officer time away from delivering much needed environmental and transport improvements needed by Camden residents. In any case, Camden council has clear policies on sustainable transport and prioritisation of road user needs and I am confident that the decision taken was in line with these long-established policies and the evidence on what local residents want.
The matter is therefore concluded, however the review of the P&D bays will proceed as explained in the report."
The consultation was originally planned by council officers for next year. Cllr Jones had it brought forwards due to local concerns and the lobbying by our ward councillors. He says he would have agreed to 24/7 parking controls if the consultation had come out in favour.
Here is a link to the decision-making report. You can read for yourself the underlying issues and consultation results: http://democracy.camden.gov.uk/documents/s28271/CPZ%20report%20for%20SMD%20June%202013%20FV.pdf
Cllr Sue Vincent has written asking for the 24/7 decision to be reviewed:
I have concerns regarding the apparent policy to encourage drivers into central London, and the unintended consequence of increasing pollution and congestion. You state that to
temporarily change Pay and Display bays into Residents’ bays within a CPZ, then this would have an adverse effect on the ability of businesses in the area to operate.
· Can you let me know what adverse effect you think residents have on businesses and the environment when they are circulating the area, anecdotally (but can confirm my own previous personal experience) for 45-60 minutes?
· What evidence do you rely on to state that businesses are adversely impacted if a P&D is temporarily changed?
Phil, can we re-view this policy and ensure that every time a resident bay is suspended that the closest P&D bay is changed to resi for the equivelent time? I know the council hold data that gives income per P&D bay; this average income can be passed on as a charge to the applicant for any suspension. Can we discuss please?