I wanted to start another threat specifically looking at the Controlled Parking Zone now being proposed for “Peckham West” - an area encompassing 33 streets roughly bordered by Goose Green, Copleston Road, Choumert Road and Fenwick Road.
Despite a response rate of less than a third (30%,) of whom 48% are against a parking zone, compared to 43% who want one (with 9% undecided) - Southwark Highways Dept are proposing to introduce a parking zone in any case.
As predicted elsewhere, the consultation highlights the response to one hypothetical scenario as justification. Namely, even though most don’t want one, if a CPZ was still introduced on a neighbouring road, what then?
Unsurprisingly in this hypothesis, so as to avoid their street becoming the new parking spot of choice for those who now can’t park where they used to, the response shifts so that 56% say they would in that instance support a CPZ.
Voila - the magic “majority” of more than 50% has been reached, evidence apparently that a CPZ should indeed be introduced for the entire area between 8.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, which is what is now being put forward.
Everyone will have their own views, but in my opinion at least, to manipulate a survey response in this way is verging on the scandalous.
11 streets voted in favour of a CPZ, 13 voted against and 8 were undecided. Combined with the total number of responses against outweighing those for (48% v 43%) that is surely an overwhelming argument for leaving things as they are.
The consultation doesn’t make it hugely obvious as to who best to respond to, it just says send feedback to “your relevant Community Council”.
If anyone wishes to do so , the chair is Sunil.Chopra@southwark.gov.uk
and the Councillor for Rye Lane Ward is Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org