The new process means that in future new CPZs will now only be considered when there is existing evidence of significant pressure on parking spaces. Previously, they could be considered after requests from local councillors and residents and no overwhelming evidence of parking pressure was required prior to consultation.
The council has carried out parking surveys across the borough and has identified 21 areas where parking pressures are high. These schemes will now be put forward for public consultation over the next three years; seven in this financial year, seven in 2017/18 and seven in 2018/19.
The first seven schemes are Hanwell Station, Southall Broadway, South Ealing Trees Estate, Greenford South, West Ealing, Northfield Avenue West and Hanwell Town Centre.
The information provided as part of the consultation process will be refreshed and improved. There will now be no minimum response rate and at least 50% of respondents must be in favour for the scheme to go ahead. However, where response rates are considered low, or the difference in support is marginal, schemes may be reviewed.
Council officers have been given greater flexibility to alter schemes during the consultation process to better respond to concerns around parking displacement. The requirement to carry out an expensive review of new CPZ schemes after one year has also been removed.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Parking can be a big issue in roads where demand is high and our proposed CPZ programme is intended to anticipate this increasing demand and put in place schemes that work for residents and enable them to park in their local roads.
“Even though we have identified these areas as having high parking pressures, local residents will be the ultimate decision makers and new schemes will still need majority support to move forward. I encourage the residents of the first seven schemes to look out for their consultation documents and make sure they speak to their neighbours and give their views.”
The decision was taken by Ealing Council’s cabinet on Tuesday, 14 June. A list of all 21 proposed schemes can be found on the council's website.