Haslemere Action Group press release sent to Haslemere Herald re. @SurreyCouncil parking proposals below.
We urge all readers to take a good look at the SCC parking proposals for Haslemere that were published in the Herald last week to understand how they will be affected, directly or indirectly by these plans. Surrey intends to introduce extensive double yellow lining and paid-for Residents Only Permits across much of the town without addressing the real issue of the provision of more commuter parking at the train station and potentially making parking matters worse for those with regular activities in the town.
We support those elements of the proposals that will give parking controls to roads very badly affected by commuter parking, where there is majority resident support for such measures and essential safety lining. On the other hand, we consider that in bringing forward this wide-reaching package of proposals for just a four week statutory consultation, having conducted a limited and inadequate pre-consultation, SCC is in effect attempting to introduce pay and display via the back door. There is no attempt to consider the full extent of the inevitable displacement of cars and the proposals totally fail to consider a holistic strategy for the town that we had been promised by the SCC senior leadership team.
We consider that the SCC proposals are also of significance for us all. They remove significant parking capacity from the town which will impact not just the residents of those roads directly affected but users of the Haslemere Hospital and Health Centre, churches and schools, and all who park around the town who have no off-street parking, not to mention those who visit friends, work in the shops and local businesses etc. Significant displacement will just shift the parking problem to other streets around the town and the current informal cooperation between people, accepting that others come and park in front of their houses in exchange for the opportunity to do the same elsewhere in the town, will be replaced by a mindset of territorial ownership rights.
We fail to understand how the LAC can in good faith attempt to push all of these wider proposals through without taking the time to look at the full picture in a connected way with a consistent vision.