Claygate organised a street party when their on street parking plans were scrapped

On Saturday 24th September 2011, a street party was held in Claygate to thank the community for its support in the campaign against on-street parking charges.

An article in Elmbridge Today describes what happened, Claygate set to celebrate on-street parking charges decision.

Claygate Shopping Experience, Claygate Village Association and Claygate Against Metered Parking have organised a street party to celebrate the decision not to introduce on-street parking charges in the village.

A street party is being held in Claygate to celebrate the decision not to introduce on-street parking charges in the village.

People were furious when Surrey County Council first announced plans to install pay and display machines in The Parade, Hare Lane and Albany Crescent.

The authority said that the aim of the proposals for Claygate and beyond was to actively stimulate business and overturn an annual loss on parking management.

But residents and traders in the village were concerned about the potential impact of the charges on local firms and felt that they would deter visitors.

Members of Surrey County Council’s decision-making cabinet gave the plans the green light in May.

However, after that decision was called in for review, the cabinet agreed to let the authority’s local committee for Elmbridge make amendments to the proposals.

And in July, the local committee agreed to remove Claygate from the plans.

Claygate Shopping Experience, Claygate Village Association and Claygate Against Metered Parking have now organised a street party to celebrate.

It will feature live music, face-painting, free food and drink and a special performance from Claygate Dramatic Society.

Local borough councillor Steve Wells said that the event had been organised to thank the community for its support in the campaign against on-street parking charges.

“Claygate has a fantastic community spirit, where people appreciate the pleasure of working together for the common good,” he said.