Agenda item

Waltham Avenue And Colbrook Avenue, Hayes - Petition From Residents Asking For A Residents' Permit Parking Scheme


Councillors Jazz Dhillon and John Morse attended the meeting and spoke as Ward Councillors in support of the petition. 


Concerns and suggestions raised at the meeting included the following:

·         The vast majority of properties in Waltham Avenue and Colbrook Crescent were terraced and semi detached.  Many had garages or parking to the rear of their properties but had removed their front gardens to provide additional parking so that they could accommodate at least two vehicles;

·         The proximity of the two roads to Hayes Station, local industrial areas and fly parking had resulted in congested roads during the day and evening.  Concern was expressed that this would increase with the introduction of Crossrail;

·         Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) had exacerbated parking congestion and one property had been responsible for parking five large white delivery vans in the shortest part of Colbrook Crescent nearest Waltham Avenue.  This area routinely experienced daytime non-resident parking where drivers left their vehicles to catch the bus to Hayes Station and then go off to Heathrow airport or into London.  It was suggested that the introduction of a parking management scheme would reduce the impact of non-resident parking and HMO issues;

·         Residents expressed concern that Waltham Avenue, Colbrook Crescent and the rest of the estate had become a waiting area for Addison Lee and Uber drivers waiting for a call to pick someone up from Heathrow airport;

·         Concern was also expressed that no consideration was given by drivers to dropped kerbs, pedestrians and children trying to cross the road; and

·         It was noted that residents had submitted a previous petition which had resulted in double yellow lines being installed around road junctions but that fly parking had reduced the effect that residents had hoped this would have.


Councillor Burrows listened to the concerns of the petitioners and responded to the points raised.  The petition organiser was asked to identify surrounding roads that should be included in the consultation.  The Cabinet Member advised that, if the consultation responses from surrounding roads showed that they did not want to be included in a parking management scheme but residents in Waltham Avenue and Colbrook Avenue were in favour, the scheme could be implemented in the parts that wanted in and not in those that didn't.  Furthermore, it was noted that consultation responses were analysed on a house by house basis and a parking management scheme could be implemented in part of a road.


The Transport and Projects team would circulate a road plan of the area to Ward Councillors for them to identify which surrounding roads should be included in the consultation. 


RESOLVED:  Meeting with the petitioners, the Cabinet Member:


1.            discussed petitioners' concerns with parking in Waltham Avenue and Colbrook Avenue, Hayes.


2.            asked officers to add the request to the Council's extensive parking programme for further informal consultation on options to manage parking in an area agreed with local Ward Councillors.


Reasons for recommendations


The Petition Hearing will provide a valuable opportunity to hear directly from the petitioners of their concerns and suggestions.


Alternative options considered / risk management 


None at this stage.

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