Rethink Over Local Olympics Parking Plan

Restrictions during Wimbledon and Olympics Tennis scaled back

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Parking restrictions during next year’s Wimbledon and Olympic tennis tournaments have been scaled back.

Residents and businesses in Southfields and West Hill were originally consulted by games organisers on plans to impose restrictions for several weeks before and during the Olympic.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) proposed a parking protection zone in parts of Southfields and West Hill from the start of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, on June 25th, until the end of the Olympic tennis event on August 6th.

But following feedback from residents and businesses the council has decided to only impose the restrictions during each tournament - and not in between.

The parking protection zone aims to create a safe and secure environment around the venue, keep the traffic moving and prioritise parking for local people during Wimbledon and the Olympics, but the area will not be off-limits to visitors between July 8th and July 28th.

The council's cabinet member for strategic planning and transportation, Councillor Russell King, said: "The original proposal to introduce a parking protection zone for more than six weeks was considered excessive by residents and businesses who responded to the consultation.

"It would have effectively stopped visitors driving to Southfields and West Hill for a prolonged period and may have had a negative effect on businesses in the area, with customers coming from outside the zone being unable to park.

"I am pleased that the council and LOCOG have been able to take a common sense approach to introducing the temporary restrictions, having listened to stakeholders and acted in their interests."

The parking restrictions proposed during the Olympics will operate from 8.30am to 9.30pm Monday to Sunday and will cover the existing CPZ around Replingham Road and extend across to Wimbledon Parkside, covering Augustus Road and Victoria Drive .

View the revised proposals here.

Residents and businesses have until January 26 to comment. 

January 9, 2012