"Surbiton Parking Problems must be tackled now" - Edward Davey
Local MP calls for kick-start to Surbiton neighbourhood parking review with 'walking & talking tours'.
Local Liberal Democrat MP, Edward Davey has written to the Chair of Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee calling for a series of innovative 'walking & talking tours' to be introduced as a matter of urgency to kick-start the forthcoming area parking review. The aim of the 'walking & talking tours' is to ensure that residents are given the opportunity to highlight the problems in their own roads direct with councillors and officers.
In his recent letter to
Councillor De Lord, Surbiton's MP has called for a
definite proposal to tackle the problem to be worked up
and submitted to the Council before the end of the year
at the latest.
A letter to Councillor Dennis De Lord, Chair of Surbiton Neighbourhood from Edward Davey MP.
Dennis De Lord
The neighbourhood traffic manager will be able to confirm that I have made requests in the past months that this issue is looked at and I welcome the fact that this matter is finally being considered after an inordinate delay.
The Neighbourhood Committee has now had well over two years to research this issue. I, myself, have written identifying residents' concerns. Therefore, I trust you will finally be able to place a firm proposal and request for resources to the Council before the end of 2000.
I am concerned that this may not prove possible with the current strategy as it does not contain firm deadlines for the completion of any single stage of the proposed programme. I trust that deadlines will be set at your forthcoming meeting.
In order to give this review a kick start, I would like to request that you arrange a range of public parking forums as a matter of urgency. From the wealth of correspondence I have recently received, it is clear that the situation is becoming increasingly frustrating for local residents.
Actions, as opposed to words, are now required.
I had envisaged that apart
for the normal static 'evening forums', officers could
arrange for 'walking & talking tours' around those
roads worse affected. I would hope that councillors
would welcome this opportunity to have first hand
experience of the relevant problem areas, especially at
Hopefully, these experiences will finally convince many of your doubting colleagues that commuter parking in residential roads is a very real problem in Surbiton and needs to be treated as an urgent priority.
Finally, I would
appreciate it if you would clarify when the speeding
situation in Victoria Avenue and the need for a
pedestrian crossing at the Brighton Road junction is to
be examined. I understand that these were to be
considered as part of an area-wide study; however clearly
from the agenda
I look forward to hearing the outcome of your meeting in due course and your response to my suggestion for firm deadlines and proper resident involvement.
Edward Davey MP