Sutton Council has published an update on its plans to improve parking across the borough.

The council is consulting across three geographical areas are now at the final stage of the consultation for Geographical Area 1, which includes St Helier, The Wrythe & Wandler Valley and Sutton Local areas, parts of Carshalton Central, Sutton South, Belmont and Wallington North.

The local authority said it is taking a "boroughwide view of parking options" and will seek to prioritise on-street parking for residents where possible, while taking into account demands on kerb space from future developments, commuter parking and safety and access for emergency and refuse collection vehicles.

Manuel Abellan, chairman of Sutton Council’s environment and neighbourhood committee, said: “I genuinely believe we now have plans to improve the parking situation across this area.

"What we are proposing will make a positive difference, and our new plans are based in no small part on the valuable engagement and consultation we have had with residents.

“There are several areas in the borough that face very particular issues, often associated with commuter, school and hospital parking.

"We also know there are areas in the borough, that if not facing parking pressures now, may do so in the future with the growth in population and housing. Put simply, if we don’t do something soon we’ll run out of space for everybody to park their car.

“Following two rounds of consultation with residents, we’ve reviewed and amended our plans and it is now our intention to develop targeted schemes that will address areas of acute pressures. This means that for the vast majority of residents we are not suggesting any changes where you live.”

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In areas where changes are proposed, the plans include:

  • Permit parking areas (PPAs) - various times.
  • Yellow lines at some junctions for safety purposes.

In a PPA all streets are subject to parking controls and vehicles may park only when displaying a valid permit for that PPA. There are no marked bays in a PPA, with the exception of disabled bays, loading bays and time limited free bays.

The formal consultation process will be split into two parts.

  • Formal consultation (traffic management order) for seven permit parking areas (PPA’s) to launch in early July.
  • Formal consultation (traffic management order) for three new PPA zones in Sutton Central and Sutton South and a small free bay scheme in Sutton North to launch in the Autumn.

The formal proposals for Geographical Area 1 are available on the council's website.