Surbiton residents fear adult education classes will take away parking in Browns Road

Browns Road residents unite against adult education classes in their road

Browns Road residents unite against adult education classes in their road

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Surbiton residents want to stop adult education classes moving to their road.

People in Browns Road say they have not been consulted about the plan to convert the former care home Newent House.

Nicholas Rumball, 64, said: "Having all these people driving in for adult education classes - it’s going to have a massive impact for us.

"They are rail-roading the residents. We just want to know how they are going to resolve the issues that are going to arise with parking."

There are already some double yellow lines in Browns Road and no designated parking spaces for residents.

Councillor Andrea Craig, lead member for children, youth and adult learning, said she had not heard from anyone about parking problems.

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11:03am Fri 11 Jul 14

Simon Attwood says...

"Fear" an interesting word to use in this context. Can losing a parking space really illicit this most primitive and animalistic survival response?

The day we put self interest and convenience ahead of self improvement, and then label it "Fear", is the day we begin to reverse our evolution.
"Fear" an interesting word to use in this context. Can losing a parking space really illicit this most primitive and animalistic survival response? The day we put self interest and convenience ahead of self improvement, and then label it "Fear", is the day we begin to reverse our evolution. Simon Attwood
  • Score: -1

4:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

fizzypetal says...

I live on one of the streets surrounding Newent House. This article is slightly misleading and isn't giving all of the facts of the situation. We were not notified of the change of use by the council. I personally became aware of the change of use when a Lib Dem leaflet was dropped through my letterbox on Saturday 5 July.

Lack of parking is not a new issue as the result of Newent House change of use. It is going to worsen an existing problem for the residents that live in this neighbourhood. Since the CPZ went in around Surbiton Station, we have struggled to park our cars near to our houses...we residents compete with all the surrounding schools, businesses and Surbiton Station rail users for the 'convenience' of trying to find parking within a 10 - 20 minute walk of our homes.

It is bad enough during peak hours - as people arrive for work or to catch the trains in the mornings, visit surrounding businesses, schools, the park, etc., throughout the day. With Newent House going in, we will have to contend with the extra cars and noise that is likely to bring in to the area well into the evening as the school is offering music and ballroom dance lessons in the evenings.

I don't think any of us are against further education. What we are unhappy with is that residents were not given the opportunity to raise the concerns about the already overstretched parking situation here. We want resident's parking permits. We've wanted that for many years - we petitioned for it as the Surbiton Hospital site rebuild was underway. We hope the council will revisit their plans and consider the further impact 1000 visitors a week to the school is likely to have on the residents who live near to it.
I live on one of the streets surrounding Newent House. This article is slightly misleading and isn't giving all of the facts of the situation. We were not notified of the change of use by the council. I personally became aware of the change of use when a Lib Dem leaflet was dropped through my letterbox on Saturday 5 July. Lack of parking is not a new issue as the result of Newent House change of use. It is going to worsen an existing problem for the residents that live in this neighbourhood. Since the CPZ went in around Surbiton Station, we have struggled to park our cars near to our houses...we residents compete with all the surrounding schools, businesses and Surbiton Station rail users for the 'convenience' of trying to find parking within a 10 - 20 minute walk of our homes. It is bad enough during peak hours - as people arrive for work or to catch the trains in the mornings, visit surrounding businesses, schools, the park, etc., throughout the day. With Newent House going in, we will have to contend with the extra cars and noise that is likely to bring in to the area well into the evening as the school is offering music and ballroom dance lessons in the evenings. I don't think any of us are against further education. What we are unhappy with is that residents were not given the opportunity to raise the concerns about the already overstretched parking situation here. We want resident's parking permits. We've wanted that for many years - we petitioned for it as the Surbiton Hospital site rebuild was underway. We hope the council will revisit their plans and consider the further impact 1000 visitors a week to the school is likely to have on the residents who live near to it. fizzypetal
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Fri 11 Jul 14

SimonMC says...

Simon Attwood wrote:
"FearInteresting comment on the semantic use of the word 'fear' but hardly relevant...

Personally I would like to see comment on the change of use notice and the potential attempt to rush planning through without proper consultation.

Is the Council stepping on my democratic rights now considered 'self interest' ?
[quote][p][bold]Simon Attwood[/bold] wrote: "FearInteresting comment on the semantic use of the word 'fear' but hardly relevant... Personally I would like to see comment on the change of use notice and the potential attempt to rush planning through without proper consultation. Is the Council stepping on my democratic rights now considered 'self interest' ? SimonMC
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Fri 11 Jul 14

vallinnapod says...

It's a shame this article misses the point. I know very few residents who are opposed to the change in use of Newent House. The main concern is around the impact on parking in the area.

I am shocked that Councillor Craig has not heard of the current parking issues residents who are not fortunate to have off street parking have.

A simple solution to the concerns around the change in use of Newent House would be to change the area to resident's parking, allowing households one permit to park a car in close proximity to their house.
It's a shame this article misses the point. I know very few residents who are opposed to the change in use of Newent House. The main concern is around the impact on parking in the area. I am shocked that Councillor Craig has not heard of the current parking issues residents who are not fortunate to have off street parking have. A simple solution to the concerns around the change in use of Newent House would be to change the area to resident's parking, allowing households one permit to park a car in close proximity to their house. vallinnapod
  • Score: 4

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