Parking bays saved at the eleventh hour to relief of traders in Ewell Village

Ewell High Street

Ewell High Street

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Parking bays in a congested village have been saved at the eleventh hour to the relief of worried traders.

Surrey Country Council was scheduled to get rid of the bays in Ewell High Street on Monday as part of a trial to tackle congestion and air pollution.

But following uproar from shopkeepers last week, a councillor stepped in and secured a stay of execution.

New double yellow lines were still painted along the street as planned this week.

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Councillor John Beckett spoke with traders over the weekend and emailed late on Sunday night to ask council officers to keep the eight bays and change the parking times instead.

Coun Beckett said: "It’s an emotional subject. I feel sorry for traders because they have just got over six weeks of gas works and it’s an unfortunate timing issue."

He said he had suggested reducing the waiting time to 30 minutes, which would still give people time to pop into shops and pick up dry-cleaning on the high street.

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Mark Peach, from computer repair shop Fastfixyourpc.com, said they were informed about the removal of the parking spaces last Thursday - a move that would have killed off trade.

Mr Peach said: "There’s been zero consultation. We understand it was an air quality issue but they did not consult any of the traders at all.

He said these parking bays were taken out during recent gas works, adding: "Footfall went off a cliff. It was a nightmare."

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He thanked Coun Beckett and Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling for intervening to save the bays, but feared the double yellow lines could discourage restaurant patrons in the evening.

In March at an Epsom and Ewell local committee meeting, it was recommended that parking changes were tested and a public consultation carried to during the trial.

The council paper said: "It is recognised that the removal of parking may be a contentious proposal. Therefore it is recommended to make the parking changes using the experimental Traffic Regulation Order procedure."

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9:14am Wed 30 Apr 14

EwellMan says...

How pathetic, the parking bays cause all the congestion in the Village and thats a fact. Its near impossible to get through the high street without stopping. Plus these bays never have any spaces. I have lived in the viallge for 40 years and would not even cocider looking to park there and would choose to park in the car park round the back.

Lets look at the facts? Who parks there? the Taxi Company mainly. Anyone going to the shops would park in the car park which is literally 30 second walk away. The coop and sainsburys have its own parking so unsure who these so called shop owners are????

So options are:

1. Trial a one way system as recently proved successful during the water works.
2. decresase the size of the pavement on the opposite side and put the bays there
3. Remove the bays and re-initiate the 30mins fre parking in the car parks.

Its a real shame but Ewell is a dying village mainly due to Traffic and Pollution, something needs to be done cut this.
How pathetic, the parking bays cause all the congestion in the Village and thats a fact. Its near impossible to get through the high street without stopping. Plus these bays never have any spaces. I have lived in the viallge for 40 years and would not even cocider looking to park there and would choose to park in the car park round the back. Lets look at the facts? Who parks there? the Taxi Company mainly. Anyone going to the shops would park in the car park which is literally 30 second walk away. The coop and sainsburys have its own parking so unsure who these so called shop owners are???? So options are: 1. Trial a one way system as recently proved successful during the water works. 2. decresase the size of the pavement on the opposite side and put the bays there 3. Remove the bays and re-initiate the 30mins fre parking in the car parks. Its a real shame but Ewell is a dying village mainly due to Traffic and Pollution, something needs to be done cut this. EwellMan
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11:56am Wed 30 Apr 14

sjsunny says...

It is a complete nightmare to drive along the high street as the patking bays restrict the width of the road down to a single lane. The oncoming drivers on the side of the parked cars in these bays, often just selfishly plough through forcing cars up onto the kerb to make space! I have damaged my own car tires taking preventative action by mounting the kerb when a bus driver decided not to wait until I had passed through this narrow section of road and ploughed on through regardless. I have witnessed countless car mirrors damaged on cars parked in these bays too. I would never consider parking my car here for fear of it being damaged.

I agree with the alternative three options suggested in the post above. The situation as it stands is an accident waiting to happen and causes needless congestion and aggrevation. Surely the car parks already available are close enough? In these times of rising obesity rates should we not be encouraging people to take a little exercise? A couple of disabled parking bays could be installed by decreasing the width of a small section of the pavement currently opposite the existing bays, for those who are unable to make the short stroll from the car parks.
It is a complete nightmare to drive along the high street as the patking bays restrict the width of the road down to a single lane. The oncoming drivers on the side of the parked cars in these bays, often just selfishly plough through forcing cars up onto the kerb to make space! I have damaged my own car tires taking preventative action by mounting the kerb when a bus driver decided not to wait until I had passed through this narrow section of road and ploughed on through regardless. I have witnessed countless car mirrors damaged on cars parked in these bays too. I would never consider parking my car here for fear of it being damaged. I agree with the alternative three options suggested in the post above. The situation as it stands is an accident waiting to happen and causes needless congestion and aggrevation. Surely the car parks already available are close enough? In these times of rising obesity rates should we not be encouraging people to take a little exercise? A couple of disabled parking bays could be installed by decreasing the width of a small section of the pavement currently opposite the existing bays, for those who are unable to make the short stroll from the car parks. sjsunny
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