Parking and road safety was discussed at the AGM in September 2017 as item no. 5 on the minutes with Andy Foster from Camden, Estate parking and access manager. A few months on and we are checking on the updates from Andy to see how matters are progressing. Look out for our next post on this topic when Andy gets back to us.
As a reminder below is what was discussed. A long read but worth it if this is of interest to you:
Introduction by Deirdre: There are no road signs for the shared surfaces, no speed bumps on Broadfield Lane or road safety in place. Andy Foster has been invited to meeting to provide an update.
- Latest walkabout took place with TRA committee members on 13th September 2017
- Residents will be consulted on recommendations, no decisions have been made. None will be made without consultation of residents.
- Suggestions include: One way system, which way this operates hasn’t been decided. Mirrors on blind corners. More signage on shared surfaces. 10 mile speed consideration to be reduced to 5 miles speed. Gerda gates on Broadfield, Maiden Lane and St. Paul’s Crescent. Question: Do you have to pay for the keys? The first key is free, there is a £25 charge for new keys. Double yellow lines to distinguish the pavement part of the new shared surfaces. On the walkabout driving on the pavement of the shared surfaces was witnessed. Speed bumps on the shared surfaces. 6 bollards outside Allensbury Place (Block J).
- Jean comment: Ambulances visit the estate twice a day and it can take a long time to get around. TRA has requested that Andy has emergency service markings done Allensbury at Place. Andy comment: Ambulance space marking is possible on private land which Maiden Lane is. However, the problem is enforcing it. Parking charge notices will be given but the vehicle cannot just simply be removed.
- Hugh comment: Can something be done about the blind corners coming off York Way. And notices to ask people to lower their loud music upon entering the estate and/or when leaving the estate out of neighbourhood courtesy.
- Aron comment: Parking with the Egg club is a problem. The doorman has been witnessed allowing people to park on the Estate. Deirdre comment: Had to speak to Spencer on the 8th of September too regarding this. Jean comment: Has also made a recent report against the club. Pauline additional comment: There is a problem with cars also parking on the estate to attend the nearby mosque.
- Andy: Gerda gates might create an issue with deliveries.
- Aron comment: Can yellow boxes be introduced on corners? Andy reply: We can do but there is also a concern that they do not want to introduce many new lines now that the estate looks nice. Patrick comment: We prefer it to be functional than look nice.
- Jeanette comment: Can we use the visitor parking permits that are dated till 2016? As NSL have said we cannot Andy reply: Yes, you can. They should not be saying that. He will send out an email reminder to NSL.
- Andy: Visitor parking permits will go in-house to Camden to be controlled. This is why they are also looking at introducing bays.
- Deirdre: We know that 100 parking permits have been issued but we do not know how many spaces are available. Could we try with gates first before and see how it goes? Patrick comment: But that won’t work as those people who currently park without permits (outside of the parking enforced hours) will not be able to get keys to access the gates. Additional comment Andy: He has been told only 3 people are looking for first permits so this is an issue that needs to be resolved (How many parking spaces actually are available and how many people are looking for first permits).
- Resident: Are all the garage spaces taken up? Andy: No. Additional comment Deirdre and Dylan: That is because most are flooded and only small cars fit in them; like electric ones. The garages were not built with the dimensions of modern cars in mind.
- Ruba: Bays would be good as space left between cars would not be ridiculous; waste of space.
- PHOEBE WATKINS LEAVES MEETING
- Jeanette: Paid for a garage for years. But cannot get their car out of it since the development work as the builders have been blocking the entrance to their garage on the inside. They have also had to scratch their own car in order to exit the garage. We pay for our car to be safe. Cars are parked illegally in the garages. Sex videos being filmed. There are no keys to the garages (under Linkwood walk). Andy: We are looking to place a gerga gate there. Tonia: There is already a gate there. Andy: Thinks it is the one that is being reinstated. Tonia: Saw people injecting in those garages. Resident: I work late and won’t park there, it is scary.
- Pauline: Will local lets coming back on the (existing) estate (for empty properties following the first round of local lets) be guaranteed a parking space? Andy: No, it is a borough wide issue, new policy. Not all of our car parks and roads can accommodate everyone. Additional comment: We can do a sign-up drive to get more 1st parkings made available.
- Resident: Those little grey concrete blocks are really dangerous; you can’t even see them when driving/parking. Andy: Steve Downes is aware and is speaking to Sisk.
- Resident: Will barriers be put up by the bus stop entrance from York Way to stop people walking off the street onto the new green at St. Thomas’ place? Deirdre: That is estate services not Andy Foster’s responsibility.
- Resident: What can be done about cars parking up and removing their number plates?
- Carole: What will be the cost of the new parking? Will you be consulting? How will the online system work for parking? Is it 24hs? What can you do about abandoned cars, I have two near me. Resident: Will you give out computers to email you? Andy: No, it isn’t 24hrs but you can email us. If a car is found abandoned we can chase them through the proper channels but it takes time. Report abandoned cars to us.
- Resident: Why are Sisk workers parking in disabled spaces? Andy: We were continually emailing Warren Lubin about this. But the situation has improved since Warren’s departure. We are so limited legally on what we can do. Highest tickets issued in the borough is on Maiden Lane; we have been issuing tickets.
- Hugh: Gate and drug use in his opinion comes under general health & security. This matter should be taken up with the Police as well. Andy: Suggests speaking to safer neighbourhoods as well. Dylan: CCTV could be installed in the garages as an idea? Additional comment Dylan: This would also stop the bikes taking up space in front of the garages.
- Christine: The gerda gates will be for residents who have cars. I do not have a car. How will I get my shopping back? Andy: Only the car drivers would get a key. Christine: Non car drivers would be penalised. Farrah: It doesn’t make sense if Camden are encouraging people to go greener that they would make life more difficult for people without cars. I bring back heavy shops sometimes in a taxi, accessibility on the Estate is already poor with the walkways, so how would we be expected to bring our shopping back to our front doors? Andy: This is why it goes to consultation.
- Vote by a show of hands: Who agrees on the current proposals for the gates? 18 for and 14 against.
- Ruba: I have friends who live in Chelsea who get keys too despite being non car drivers. Your proposals are discriminating against non road users. Andy: This system works in other places such as Rowley way, they have more parking than you. If we gave a key to everyone there might not be enough parking on the estate. Ruba: We have elderly residents and people without cars.
- Farrah: When will the road safety be drawn up? Andy: It should be soon.
- ANDY FOSTER LEAVES MEETING