PARKING CONTROLS ON JOHNS AVENUE, SOMERSET ROAD AND RAVENSHURST AVENUE NW4
The creation of multiple additional units on Johns Avenue, Somerset Road and Ravenshurst Avenue (the "Johns Avenue Block") in recent years has increased pressure on the very limited on-street parking from residents and visitors. The block has insufficient parking for existing residents (who in the vast majority of cases do not have off-street parking) and no other local roads with available parking easily accessible. There are also plans for additional units (an 8 storey building application including additional units with limited parking 20/4357/FUL) and a community centre which would have heavy footfall (application 20/5081/FUL) to be added just around the corner/through the Chapel Walk walkway on Brent Street which is likely to put additional pressure on the Johns Avenue Block outside Controlled Parking Zone (“CPZ”) hours. This is at the same time as a proposed “rationalisation of parking” on Church Road including at the end of Johns Avenue and Ravenshurst Avenue as part of the Hendon Hub redevelopment and reduction in parking on the Sunningfields Road block as part of this redevelopment (see p30 https://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s62417/Appendix%20A%20Draft%20Supplementary%20Planning%20Document.pdf).
Although a CPZ operates on the Johns Avenue Block, this only operates from 10am to 5pm and the most severe pressure on parking is outside of these working hours when residents return home in the evening and overnight. It is not uncommon for residents of the Johns Avenue block to drive around for a significant period of time when returning home in the evening. Families with young children struggle to juggle shopping while safely crossing roads when forced to park some distance from their homes. Similarly, some older residents find it difficult to walk any distance between their cars and homes, especially when carrying shopping and other items.
In light of the recent addition of units, the proposals for an
increase in units and a community centre just a very short walk
from the Johns Avenue Block coupled with the proposed
“rationalisation of parking” as part of the Hendon Hub
redevelopment, we urge the council to consult with residents on the
current parking situation on the Johns Avenue Block and ways in
which it might be improved, including a review of the hours of
operation of the CPZ, with a view to extending the hours during
which it operates.
This ePetition runs from 31/12/2020 to 28/02/2021.
3 people have signed this ePetition.