Plan To Extend Parking Restrictions Around Chiswick Cinema

Sub-zones to be created in roads nearest venue

Upham Park Road in the East Chiswick CPZ. Picture: Google Streetview

Hounslow Council is proposing that parking restrictions be extended in some roads close to the Chiswick Cinema after complaints from residents.

A survey was undertaken of residents in the East Chiswick (EC) controlled parking zone in March 2020 in anticipation of the opening of the new cinema with a view to finding out residents’ opinions about extending operational hours.

The responses showed that people living in some roads near the cinema site at 94-96 Chiswick High Road were in favour of more restrictions in the evening and weekends due to visitors to the cinema taking up parking spaces but no action was taken because of the pandemic.

Since the cinema has started operating the council has received renewed complaints from residents in some of the roads in the EC zone as well as the EC1 zone which is to the south of Chiswick High Road.

As a result the council is planning to create sub-zones in these two zones on some roads which will see parking restrictions increased to 9am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 5pm – 9pm on Sunday.

The current operational hours are 9am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and these will remain the restricted hours in the roads in the two zones not designated as sub-zones. Residents will be able to continue to park through the whole of their zone as before.

The survey indicated support in principle for extending the evening restrictions from respondents of the following roads: Airedale Avenue, Beverley Road, British Grove, Chiswick High Road, Chiswick Lane, Cleveland Avenue, Ennismore Avenue, Homefield Road, Mayfield Avenue, Merton Avenue, Netheravon Road, Pleydell Avenue, Thornton Avenue, Turnham Green Terrace and Upham Park Road. It is also highlighted that, with the exception of Pleydell Avenue, responses from the roads listed above also identified support for Sunday evening controls.

Respondents from Prebend Gardens, Ravensmede Way, South Side, Stamford Brook Avenue and Vaughan Avenue did not support extended evening controls. Except for Pleydell Avenue and Ravensmede Way, responses from the above roads also indicated opposition to the introduction of Sunday evening controls.

During the survey representations were received from Cranbrook Road residents concerned about parking displacement to the adjacent CPZ area and supporting for similar parking controls as those being proposed in the EC CPZ.

A review of correspondence received since the cinema opened showed that complaints about parking were generally confined to roads in the immediate vicinity of the cinema.

The EC CPZ Subzone includes Cleveland Road, Ennismore Avenue, Homefield Road, Mayfield Avenue, Merton Avenue, Ravensmede Way, Thornton Avenue and Upham Park Road. EC/1 CPZ Subzone includes Chiswick Lane (between its junction with Chiswick High Road and Wilton Avenue) and Cranbrook Road.

The council now intends to undertake a statutory consultation into the proposal and, if no material objection is received, implement the new restrictions early next year.

The council has also said that it intends to review the number of parking voucher booklets that it gives to residents as the number of days that friends and family can visit with unrestricted parking has been reduced. Consideration may be given to an increased number of booklets being given to those in zones with parking restrictions applying seven days a week according to an email sent to a local resident.

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December 29, 2021