Boroughs Review Of Parking In Non-Residential, Strategic Shopping Areas (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1631
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Only 9 of 32 Boroughs have undertaken a review, as of July 2013. Have any further reviews been instigated? What reasons did the other 23 council give for not undertaking a review?

Answer

Answer for Boroughs Review Of Parking In Non-Residential, Strategic Shopping Areas (2)

Answer for Boroughs Review Of Parking In Non-Residential, Strategic Shopping Areas (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my Manifesto I called upon the London boroughs to review parking in non-residential strategic shopping areas. In the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) Guidance that was subsequently issued I asked they confirm details of any such reviews as part of their annual submissions to TfL. 

I have also provided guidance on the matters that the London boroughs should consider when undertaking such reviews within the draft Town Centre Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) that was issued last year. 

It is unrealistic to expect all boroughs to undertake such reviews each year, however, as you rightly point out; nine boroughs initiated reviews in 2013/14.  In addition, as part of any LIP Major Scheme, parking arrangements are reviewed.  Six Major Schemes that include changes to parking are due to be completed in town centres within the current financial year.  The total number of reviews is therefore higher than you suggest and is more like 15 per year. 

I expect a similar number of reviews to take place year-on-year going forward.

You will know that I recently increased parking times from 20 to 30 minutes on the majority of TfL short term red route parking bays across the capital, allowing people more opportunity to 'stop and shop' and spend more time on the high street, boosting small businesses. This was done in agreement with the boroughs where these changes were made.