Council Signals Start on Old Dover Road Parking Review

After a three year delay Labour-run Greenwich Council has indicated that it may at last, and after repeated lobbying from local Conservatives and traders on Old Dover Road, be about to carry out a parking review there.

Greenwich Council announced in 2012 that it planned to abolish the free bays on Old Dover Road and replace them with pay and display bays but after a botched consultation withdrew the scheme. Since then the Council claimed that it couldn't restart the consultation while it poured resources into producing a Borough Parking Strategy.

Traders have long been concerned that free all day parking was attracting long stays meaning less opportunity for those wanting to drop by for an hour or two to use the shops. Blackheath Westcombe Ward Councillor, Geoff Brighty, welcomed the news saying:

"Now that Greenwich Council has adopted its parking strategy, the development of which was given as the most recent excuse for not getting on with the Old Dover Road parking review, there seems to be an acknowledgment that this needs to be addressed. I am pleased that, finally, the Council is poised to carry out consultation which, hopefully, they will get right this time. I also hope that the Council will consider converting the bays to free but time restricted bays to improve turnover of parking availability. This has just been done on a number of bays outside the shops at the top of Westcombe Hill."

Research from the Federation of Small Businesses shows that pay and display parking contributes towards shoppers going elsewhere rather than shopping locally. Time restricted free bays allow local shoppers to park for free but stops commuters from elsewhere blocking the spaces during the week.