Review of Niton Road / Chilton Road Area Consultation

Closed 26 Aug 2020

Opened 28 Jul 2020

Overview

You are probably aware of the recent suspension of parking spaces along the west side of Kew Road between Lion Gate Gardens and Kew Gardens Road to extend the operational times of the existing northbound cycle lane from 8am to 10am to ‘at any time’.  This is in response to the Government’s call for urgent action to help offset the reduction in public transport arising from the need to support social distancing.  The Government believes that this should be achieved first and foremost through encouraging more walking and cycling.  The Council will soon formalise this arrangement through the implementation of an experimental traffic/cycle scheme in Kew Road with a view to a more permanent arrangement in the future.

With the suspension of parking spaces in Kew Road, and as the level of Kew Gardens’ visitor numbers return to normal levels in the coming months, parking displacement is expected in this area, particularly to the side roads immediately off Kew Road. This is likely to result in a considerable reduction in available parking, with residents, their visitors and businesses most affected.  Additional pressure may also come from coaches seeking to park in the area.

Zones KA and KB, operate Monday to Friday 10am to Noon.  These hours were originally designated to prevent parking by all day commuters, including those parking at Kew Gardens Station to continue their journey to work into London.   Outside these hours, that is, from Noon each day and at any time during the weekends, parking is free and unlimited.

To ensure that Zones KA and KB continue to provide parking for the community, the Council is now consulting all properties in these zones on the possibility of increasing the operational days/hours, at least in those roads nearest to Kew Road.

At the same time, we are consulting the North Kew area (Kew Green and roads immediately east) on the possibility of implementing a new CPZ.

As the Council carries out the above consultations, opportunity is being taken to also consult the Niton Road / Chilton Road area to see if there is support to implement a CPZ in this area. Please click here to see the plan.   Comments have been received from some residents in this area requesting parking controls.

A CPZ can alleviate the difficulties residents face in finding a parking space near to their home which are due in part to the parking of vehicles by non-residents (all day commuters and/or short and long stay parking).

If the consultation identifies support to introduce parking controls in your roads, the Council will consider developing proposals in the form of an extension of the nearby existing Zone KB, which currently operates 10am to noon, Monday to Friday. However, please note that these hours/days of operation may be increased subject to the outcome of the consultation with the existing zone. If the review results in an increase in operational days/hours and permit price, we will write to you again to seek your views on final proposals.

How to respond

Please complete the survey below. If you would like a hard copy of the questionnaire, please contact 020 8891 1411 and this will be posted out to you along with a pre-paid envelope for your response.

Should you wish to make any additional comments, including support for alternative times / arrangements, you may do so by emailing KAKBKewReview@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk 

What happens next

All feedback will be considered along with relevant traffic management and other highway factors, prior to a decision being made on the way forward. 

Further information

For details of parking charges, please click here to see the Niton Road area information sheet.  Further information, including details of the other consultations being carried out in Kew, how a CPZ works, all parking charges and the decision-making process, is available on the Council’s website (links below).  Alternatively, this information can be obtained by calling the Customer Service Centre on 020 8891 1411 and asking for the Parking Policy Team.

https://www.richmond.gov.uk/kew_cpz_review

www.richmond.gov.uk/controlled_parking_zones

Areas

  • Kew Ward

Audiences

  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • Landlords

Interests

  • Richmond Borough