Council backs plan for 30 minute parking in Ewell Village high street

30 minute parking is to be introduced in Ewell Village high street

30 minute parking is to be introduced in Ewell Village high street

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It’s good news for Ewell Village traders after the council voted this week to keep the parking bays they say they need to survive.

There was outrage in April when Surrey County Council gave the High Street businesses just a few days’ notice that they would be removing the parking bays outside their shops for congestion and air quality reasons - a move traders argued would kill the village.

An emergency consultation with the traders’ association produced a compromise proposal to keep the parking bays, but restrict them to 30 minutes during the day, with no waiting during rush hours.

Borough and county councillors discussed the issues at a public local committee meeting on Monday. Ewell ward councillor Michael Arthur spoke strongly in favour of the 30-minute suggestion, making a point of how little consultation there was when the original removal was planned.

Stoneleigh ward councillor Mike Teasdale was sceptical, arguing it would be "virtually impossible" to enforce, as there is enough difficulty enforcing the current longer limit.

Also supporting the 30-minute parking proposal were county councillor for Ewell John Beckett, who worked with them on the proposal, and Stamford ward councillor Colin Taylor.

"It is important that we do not cause the shops to go bankrupt," Coun Taylor argued, addressing the worries about enforcement. "Between the difficulty of enforcement and making the shops go bankrupt, we have to give consideration to the shops."

Coun Beckett mentioned disagreement among the business owners about when rush hour starts - with some arguing 3pm is too early, however other councillors pointed out that school pick-up starts from that time.

The committee backed the traders’ proposal 7-2, with just Coun Teasdale and Town ward Councillor Neil Dallen voting to remove the bays altogether.

The parking bays will now remain in place for an experimental period of up to 18 months, with free 30-minute parking between 9.30am and 3pm, no waiting during rush hours and unrestricted parking on Sundays and overnight.

The county council will assess the move’s success during this time.

Erol Harman, owner of Ewell Village Dry Cleaners, one of the traders involved in the proposal, said: "Everybody’s very happy; half an hour suits everybody just right.

"At least they came and listened to us - it’s the first time the council’s listened to its tenants!"

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8:45am Mon 30 Jun 14

EwellMan says...

Absoutely pathetic......

They spend all the money removing the rounderbout to improve traffic flow and then you get stopped where the parking is all for the sake of a newsagent thats worried about losing trade.There is clearly adequate parking at the rear of the shops 30 seconds walk away and higher up the high street 30 seconds walk away so why councillors left them there is beyond me. What about moving the bays to the oppoosite side in the massive pavement is at all? and or offering 20 mins free parking in the car parks.
Leaving these bays is crazy all for the sake of 1 or 2 shops
Absoutely pathetic...... They spend all the money removing the rounderbout to improve traffic flow and then you get stopped where the parking is all for the sake of a newsagent thats worried about losing trade.There is clearly adequate parking at the rear of the shops 30 seconds walk away and higher up the high street 30 seconds walk away so why councillors left them there is beyond me. What about moving the bays to the oppoosite side in the massive pavement is at all? and or offering 20 mins free parking in the car parks. Leaving these bays is crazy all for the sake of 1 or 2 shops EwellMan
  • Score: 5

8:04pm Mon 30 Jun 14

TheOneDane says...

Traders losing business equates to empty shops and loss of our village as we know it. Shoppers want convenience and easy access for a quick shop, be it the dry cleaners, bank, newsagent or dropping off unwanted items at the charity shop or other businesses that we as residents can enjoy in our village. People are working tirelessly to keep Ewell village thriving, and Local Councillors and SCC should be commended for engaging and listening to what many people believe our High Street needs to stop it from becoming a 'has been'. Let's use the trial period before suggesting what action, if any, should be taken to ensure our village continues to thrive for the benefit of traders and residents alike.
Traders losing business equates to empty shops and loss of our village as we know it. Shoppers want convenience and easy access for a quick shop, be it the dry cleaners, bank, newsagent or dropping off unwanted items at the charity shop or other businesses that we as residents can enjoy in our village. People are working tirelessly to keep Ewell village thriving, and Local Councillors and SCC should be commended for engaging and listening to what many people believe our High Street needs to stop it from becoming a 'has been'. Let's use the trial period before suggesting what action, if any, should be taken to ensure our village continues to thrive for the benefit of traders and residents alike. TheOneDane
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9:10pm Mon 30 Jun 14

EwellMan says...

TheOneDane wrote:
Traders losing business equates to empty shops and loss of our village as we know it. Shoppers want convenience and easy access for a quick shop, be it the dry cleaners, bank, newsagent or dropping off unwanted items at the charity shop or other businesses that we as residents can enjoy in our village. People are working tirelessly to keep Ewell village thriving, and Local Councillors and SCC should be commended for engaging and listening to what many people believe our High Street needs to stop it from becoming a 'has been'. Let's use the trial period before suggesting what action, if any, should be taken to ensure our village continues to thrive for the benefit of traders and residents alike.
Sorry diagree......The Village has been dying for years and is already a "has been" and the parking bays will hardly be used by passing trade, in fact likely to be filled by The Taxi's form the local rank. Nawest and HSBC never left because of trade, they left because of corporate greed and cutbacks.
If you want to drop off things at the charity shop then pull in behind it and park for the 5 mins to drop off. If you want to use the bank or other shops park in the car park, quite simple really. Blocking up the High street and causing more pollution is a bigger problem than lazy residents that cant be bothered to park in the car parks provided. removing these bays will have minimal if any impact on the local trade.

If you want to improve the trade and create a better shopping experience then you need to make the village more attractive to shoppers and these parking bays have no affect. I have lived in Ewell for 40 years and never once parked in them or ever likely too, they are in a too busy and dangerous location.

Fact of the matter is is a driver is making the effort to drive to ewell for the dry cleaners or bank then then can spare the extra 30 seconds to park in the car park near the green man or the bays at the top or why not pop into the coop to pickup some groceries whilst parking outside outside for free.
[quote][p][bold]TheOneDane[/bold] wrote: Traders losing business equates to empty shops and loss of our village as we know it. Shoppers want convenience and easy access for a quick shop, be it the dry cleaners, bank, newsagent or dropping off unwanted items at the charity shop or other businesses that we as residents can enjoy in our village. People are working tirelessly to keep Ewell village thriving, and Local Councillors and SCC should be commended for engaging and listening to what many people believe our High Street needs to stop it from becoming a 'has been'. Let's use the trial period before suggesting what action, if any, should be taken to ensure our village continues to thrive for the benefit of traders and residents alike.[/p][/quote]Sorry diagree......The Village has been dying for years and is already a "has been" and the parking bays will hardly be used by passing trade, in fact likely to be filled by The Taxi's form the local rank. Nawest and HSBC never left because of trade, they left because of corporate greed and cutbacks. If you want to drop off things at the charity shop then pull in behind it and park for the 5 mins to drop off. If you want to use the bank or other shops park in the car park, quite simple really. Blocking up the High street and causing more pollution is a bigger problem than lazy residents that cant be bothered to park in the car parks provided. removing these bays will have minimal if any impact on the local trade. If you want to improve the trade and create a better shopping experience then you need to make the village more attractive to shoppers and these parking bays have no affect. I have lived in Ewell for 40 years and never once parked in them or ever likely too, they are in a too busy and dangerous location. Fact of the matter is is a driver is making the effort to drive to ewell for the dry cleaners or bank then then can spare the extra 30 seconds to park in the car park near the green man or the bays at the top or why not pop into the coop to pickup some groceries whilst parking outside outside for free. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

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