Parking petitions go under microscope
Transport boss promises to inspect proposals
PETITIONERS have asked the council for a variety of parking, traffic calming and pedestrian crossing measures – and one group even asked for some to be removed.
During a series of petition hearings recently held by councillor Keith Burrows, the Hillingdon Council cabinet member for transport, groups of neighbours from different parts of the borough requested a variety of improvements to their street or area.
A group from the Glebe Estate, in Hillingdon, wanted residentsonly parking in a series of roads around and including Burnham Avenue. Their complaint is that nearby Glebe Primary School, in Sussex Road, generates traffic and parking problems.
The area is already the subject of a consultation of residents by council officers looking at parking options, but the petitioners wanted a parking scheme that would be free of charge to them, or paid for by the school.
Lead petitioner Nick Godfrey said that with the school planning to hire out its new sports hall when complete, and now hiring its grounds, the council, which still controls its junior schools, was to blame for the situation.
“We do not believe the residents should have to pay £40 as this has been foisted on us by the council,” he said.
Mr Burrows said while he would not make an exception and waive the basic fee of £40 per year per resident, payable after the first year, were the scheme to be implemented, he would keep negotiations open.
Elswhere, people living in the western section of Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, want a pedestrian crossing in the area of the Gospel Oak, close to Woodstock Drive.
Petitioner Michelle Masters told the meeting that many elderly people living close by could not be expected to walk to the existing crossing further down the road towards Ickenham village, and risked an accident trying to cross in the stretch between the Swakeleys Roundabout and Harvil Road.
With HS2 construction traffic, the situation would only get worse, she said.
The council will now carry out a pedestrian survey in the area.
But the most curious petition of the night was by people living in Ryefield Avenue, Hillingdon, backed by Oak Farm Residents’ Association and, in principal, by their three ward councillors.
They want chicanes made of granite blocks, set into the road surface as traffic calming measures, to be removed. Petitioner Vic Stoneham had even brought one with him in a carrier bag.
Happy with other measures installed, and pleased by the reduction in accidents in the road, the petitioners said the blocks are a hazard, causing drivers to swerve to avoid them because they are too high to run over.
Councillor Burrows promised to have them inspected.