Commuters' anger at 'money-spinning' parking change in Sutton

Your Local Guardian: Commuters' anger at 'money-spinning' parking change in Sutton Commuters' anger at 'money-spinning' parking change in Sutton

Commuters have reacted angrily after Sutton Council restricted parking in an area popular with town centre workers 'overnight'.

A controlled parking zone (CPZ) covering streets including Camborne Road, Camborne Grange Road and Stanley Road near Sutton town centre came into force on Wednesday.

But workers who commute to the town said they had no way of knowing about the enforcement because it was not advertised on lamp posts.

Shannon McLaverty, who works in Quadrant House but commutes from Mitcham, said: "We could park there on Monday and Tuesday and, all of the sudden, we couldn't park there on Wednesday. It happened overnight.

"When they clean the drains they put up those yellow signs to say you can't park there. Why couldn't they have put signs up to say the restriction was coming into place?

"It looks like a money spinner to me.

"Also, why are they doing this when they're planning on closing the Brighton Road car park? They're just forcing drivers to park further and further away."

Sutton Council says it put up posters about the proposals in February and advertised the restriction was coming into force in the Sutton Guardian. But people from outside the borough say they had no way of finding out.

Councillor Jill Whitehead said: "The extension of the Sutton controlled parking zone was agreed by Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee in May. We consulted with affected local residents about the proposals in February and notices were put up during that period. Since then, public notices have also been published in the Sutton Guardian and London Gazette."

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9:35am Sun 25 Aug 13

Sutton53 says...

Why drive from Mitcham? There is a bus, the S1, from Mitcham to Sutton daily. It stops by Sutton Station.
Why drive from Mitcham? There is a bus, the S1, from Mitcham to Sutton daily. It stops by Sutton Station. Sutton53

11:14am Sun 25 Aug 13

justbeinghonest says...

Sutton council do some crazy things,they have even allowed a family of travelers to take up residence in the David Weir centre,they have been there for 3 weeks & yet nothing has been said.
Sutton council do some crazy things,they have even allowed a family of travelers to take up residence in the David Weir centre,they have been there for 3 weeks & yet nothing has been said. justbeinghonest

1:28pm Sun 25 Aug 13

Central-Sutton-resident says...

Driving from Mitcham ? TAKE A TRAIN!
Driving from Mitcham ? TAKE A TRAIN! Central-Sutton-resident

11:10pm Sun 25 Aug 13

Suttonresident08 says...

justbeinghonest wrote:
Sutton council do some crazy things,they have even allowed a family of travelers to take up residence in the David Weir centre,they have been there for 3 weeks & yet nothing has been said.
I agree with this comment. I have telephoned the council on several occasions asking when this situation will be resolved only to be told they are following procedures and cannot answer me. Meanwhile this family take up at least 5 to 6 car parking spaces for free ( I bet the camera car that often catches out illegally parked vehicles didn't book them when it drove through the other day). The generator they need to power their electrics is very loud at night as is the music they play from their car on certain occasions. I fully understand these people need somewhere to stay but this particular site is not suitable.

The council spend all their efforts creating difficulties for the residents such as the parking restrictions mentioned in this article rather than dealing with other issues. I am pretty sure if I were to park the way this family have I would be facing hefty fines.
[quote][p][bold]justbeinghonest[/bold] wrote: Sutton council do some crazy things,they have even allowed a family of travelers to take up residence in the David Weir centre,they have been there for 3 weeks & yet nothing has been said.[/p][/quote]I agree with this comment. I have telephoned the council on several occasions asking when this situation will be resolved only to be told they are following procedures and cannot answer me. Meanwhile this family take up at least 5 to 6 car parking spaces for free ( I bet the camera car that often catches out illegally parked vehicles didn't book them when it drove through the other day). The generator they need to power their electrics is very loud at night as is the music they play from their car on certain occasions. I fully understand these people need somewhere to stay but this particular site is not suitable. The council spend all their efforts creating difficulties for the residents such as the parking restrictions mentioned in this article rather than dealing with other issues. I am pretty sure if I were to park the way this family have I would be facing hefty fines. Suttonresident08

9:06am Tue 27 Aug 13

annon123 says...

As a resident of Camborne Road, I must agree, no signs where put up to let people know of the change to parking restrictions in our road, the new parking signs where just put up at 11am on the 20th Aug.... But as for Commuters complaining that they now have to park somewhere else... Who Cares…. before these changes, I could not park outside my own home, sometimes not even in my own road.... now I can.... but it costs us £110 for 2 cars........... So who is hard done by ME, not the Commuters who are moaning…….
As a resident of Camborne Road, I must agree, no signs where put up to let people know of the change to parking restrictions in our road, the new parking signs where just put up at 11am on the 20th Aug.... But as for Commuters complaining that they now have to park somewhere else... Who Cares…. before these changes, I could not park outside my own home, sometimes not even in my own road.... now I can.... but it costs us £110 for 2 cars........... So who is hard done by ME, not the Commuters who are moaning……. annon123

12:05pm Tue 27 Aug 13

col says...

In all fairness annon123, I think we're all hard done by when it comes to Sutton Council and parking. Closing down one car park (Brighton Road), extending the parking zone, allowing permit holders to park in some spaces but not others (seriously, what is all that about?) - it's a complete monopoly if you ask me, designed to part people with as much cash as possible.

Yeah, people can take the bus - but at the end of the day it doesn't suit everyone.

I'm lucky, I live and work in Sutton and on most days I walk to work. But some days I have to take my son to the babysitters in Cheam, so I drive there and drive back to work.

So yeah, I can see why for some people, driving is a much more desirable option than harking across the borough on public transport with a toddler. It doesn't affect me so badly as I have a parking permit - but for those that live outside the area, and have to do this sort of thing, Sutton is poorly equipped and it is not getting any better.
In all fairness annon123, I think we're all hard done by when it comes to Sutton Council and parking. Closing down one car park (Brighton Road), extending the parking zone, allowing permit holders to park in some spaces but not others (seriously, what is all that about?) - it's a complete monopoly if you ask me, designed to part people with as much cash as possible. Yeah, people can take the bus - but at the end of the day it doesn't suit everyone. I'm lucky, I live and work in Sutton and on most days I walk to work. But some days I have to take my son to the babysitters in Cheam, so I drive there and drive back to work. So yeah, I can see why for some people, driving is a much more desirable option than harking across the borough on public transport with a toddler. It doesn't affect me so badly as I have a parking permit - but for those that live outside the area, and have to do this sort of thing, Sutton is poorly equipped and it is not getting any better. col

1:10pm Tue 27 Aug 13

labyrinth says...

It is totally dishonest for Sutton Council to say that something was known about because it was in the Guardian! many of us do not get the paper & only see the odd article online. Even if we did, that is by no means proper notification! Not the 1st time - I was once told by the Council that I had in fact been consulted about something because "it was right there for you to read about in the local paper." Not.
It is totally dishonest for Sutton Council to say that something was known about because it was in the Guardian! many of us do not get the paper & only see the odd article online. Even if we did, that is by no means proper notification! Not the 1st time - I was once told by the Council that I had in fact been consulted about something because "it was right there for you to read about in the local paper." Not. labyrinth

1:42pm Tue 27 Aug 13

LiberalsOut says...

There is an adequate bus and rail service from Mitcham so there is no need to drive here.
A consultation carried our by Sutton Council is where they have already made up their mind - let you think you can have an input and then do it anyway
There is an adequate bus and rail service from Mitcham so there is no need to drive here. A consultation carried our by Sutton Council is where they have already made up their mind - let you think you can have an input and then do it anyway LiberalsOut

3:02pm Wed 28 Aug 13

Angela M says...

I assume the new parking restriction signs were put in place on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (or the parking fines wouldn't be enforceable).

Notices warning of this type of impending change are often an insignificant A4 sheet of paper attached to a sign post, so if those who were caught out didn't see the new signs, wouldn't they also have missed a notice warning about the changes?

Unfortunately, if you have to rely on street parking, you have to be prepared for situations to change with little notice, and double check signs every time you park.

But I agree, parking is getting ridiculous in Sutton.
I assume the new parking restriction signs were put in place on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (or the parking fines wouldn't be enforceable). Notices warning of this type of impending change are often an insignificant A4 sheet of paper attached to a sign post, so if those who were caught out didn't see the new signs, wouldn't they also have missed a notice warning about the changes? Unfortunately, if you have to rely on street parking, you have to be prepared for situations to change with little notice, and double check signs every time you park. But I agree, parking is getting ridiculous in Sutton. Angela M

1:24am Thu 29 Aug 13

GR-London says...

Parking control never misses the opportunity to catch people out and get their cash. Sadly, we live among some despicable people.
Parking control never misses the opportunity to catch people out and get their cash. Sadly, we live among some despicable people. GR-London

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