Image above: Merton Avenue; Google Street View
Residents and businesses at eastern end of Chiswick High Rd oppose changes
Residents and businesses at the eastern end of Chiswick High Rd have joined forces to object to Council proposals to extend parking restrictions in their area.
People who live in Cleveland Road, Merton Avenue and Ravensmede Way have joined with businesses such as Decorexi, the homeware shop on the corner of Chiswick High Rd and Merton Avenue to oppose the changes because they say they are unnecessary and would be disruptive.
LB Hounslow is proposing to extend parking restrictions from 7pm to 9pm Monday to Saturday and Sundays 5-9pm.
“Imposing further restrictions disproportionately affects residents who have friends/family/carers visiting beyond 7pm and on Sundays” Lin Leung at Decorexi told The Chiswick Calendar.
Image above: Decorexi homeware shop at 58 Chiswick High Rd
Ann Frye, a resident of Cranbrook Rd, who is a pensioner, told us:
“It’s going to make parking extremely difficult. My son in law comes once a week and delivers my groceries. I have a residents parking booklet but I will have to renew it more often for him to be able to park and it costs money.”
Rina Nosal, also living in Cranbrook Rd, thought extending the parking restrictions was a good idea as her family often have to park quite a way away when they come to visit and this should give them greater opportunity to park near house using her residents parking permit.
LB Hounslow is carrying out a consultation on the parking proposals which will end this Friday (10 June).
“It is critical that as many households in affected roads have their say as this will help the Council determine if there is wider opposition to proposed changes” Lin told us.
Other businesses which oppose the changes include Villa Di Geggiano restaurant, Fletchers estate agents, the Himalayan Spa, Hearing Well, Tate partnership, Capital housing, Hugo ceramics, Urbane Living, Prontaprint and the Lounge Co.
Nathan Francis, manager of Blobar at 81 Chiswick High Rd said it would be bad for business.
Billings and Edmonds, who sell school uniforms, said it would be bad for them as they work into the evenings, especially during their peak periods from June to the end of September. “This is a complete inconvenience” said manager Sarb Kallah.
Chiswick Physio, who are open till 8pm, say it would also affect them adversely.
Image above: Chiswick Cinema
Proposed changes “no longer needed”
An initial consultation was held in 2020 when the Chiswick Cinema was being built and there were fears that cinemagoers would use the side roads to park. At that time the survey indicated clear public support for extending evening parking restrictions, but that consultation is now “outdated” Lin says.
“Many (especially on Ravensmede who are the furthest from the Cinema) feel that they are sufficiently distanced from Central Chiswick to be affected by parking concerns which are widely acknowledged not to have come to fruition since the Chiswick Cinema opened.”
Helen English, manager of the Lounge Co., which is two doors down from the cinema, told us:
“I don’t think the cinema has made much difference. We’re against the extension because customers want to come down, park up and go for a wander, maybe go for a meal after they’ve been to see us, especially on a Sunday. We close at 5pm on Sundays but they’d have to be out the door on the dot of 5pm and it just makes everything more difficult.”
In the original survey only 18% households responded (423 out of 1927). Residents and businesses on Chiswick Lane and Cranbrook Road were not included, yet they are included in the Council’s proposed changes.
The Council acknowledges that fears of parking displacement have not been realised and want a steer from local residents and businesses on what they want now.
The roads which will be affected if the changes are introduced are:
Chiswick Lane (between junction of Chiswick High Road to Wilton Avenue)
Upham Park Road
There are several residential roads to the south of the High Rd which are equally near to the cinema but are not included in the changes.
Roads not affected are:
Netheravon Road (opposite Ravensmede Way)
Airedale Avenue (between Merton Avenue and Cleveland Avenue on the opposite side of the HIgh Rd)
Beverley Road (opposite Wilton Avenue)
Deadline this Friday – 10 June
“Many are unaware that they still have the power to object/comment on the proposed changes which are not yet set in stone!” says Lin.
The Council has written to residents to say:
“It is crucial that residents and business submit any objections and /or representations during the statutory consultation stage as this will help determine if there is wider opposition to these proposed changes in these roads.”
The Chief Officer’s report makes it clear:
“If significant opposition is received, it may be deemed suitable to withdraw the proposed changes from a particular road.”
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