Redbridge Council has backed down on the full extent of its dramatic plans to change parking restrictions in Wanstead, and is promising some consultation. But there are many unanswered questions to which they must provide answers before Wanstead residents will know if they are serious about having listened to the protests.
Here are some which spring to mind. Wansteadium readers should feel free to add them via the comments field (or contact us on email@example.com).
- When will you publish the details of the revised proposals including timings of restrictions and maps of streets where they will operate?
- How meaningful can your consultation be with just an extension of four weeks before the scheme starts?
- This time will you be holding public meetings to consult on the proposal?
- How will any further amendments which may be suggested be agreed and implemented in time before the March start date?
- Will the installation of 800 poles around Wanstead at a cost of £93k be halted pending the consultation?
- Will poles which have already been installed, in places such as in Overton Drive, but where the restrictions will not now apply, be removed?
- Is your amended plan also on an “experimental” basis or are you implementing this scheme in the proper manner, as specified in this House of Commons briefing note?
- How will the council be monitoring the impact on shops on Wanstead High Street? Will it undertake now to be open and transparent about any findings it might make? [This question remains unanswered since we first asked it in December.]
- How will success or failure of the scheme be judged?
- How much has Redbridge made from parking charges and fines from drivers in Wanstead? Where does the money go, and will the council undertake to be open and transparent about the increased sums it will raise through this scheme? [This question remains unanswered since we first asked it in December.]
- Will the council undertake not to include the £93k expenditure on poles and infrastructure in its decision about the success of the trial? [This question remains unanswered since we first asked it in December.]
- How are people who, for whatever reason, don’t have a mobile phone going to park on the High Street?