Half price parking for Tooting to stay
Published: Thursday 25th September 14
Shoppers heading to Tooting town centre will continue to enjoy half price parking on a permanent basis if a pilot scheme to boost local businesses is extended by councillors.
Last year the town hall agreed a pilot scheme that slashed the cost of hourly parking in a key network of town centre streets from £2.30 to £1.10.
Now councillors are being urged to make the discount permanent.
The move comes in response to pleas from business leaders in Tooting who have asked for cheaper parking charges in order to attract more shoppers and boost the local economy.
The roads where half price parking for visitors will be made permanent if councillors endorse the move include parts of Blakenham Road, Eswyn Road, Gassiot Road, Chasefield Road, Cowick Road, Coteford Street and Lessingham Avenue.
Detailed surveys have shown there is enough spare parking capacity in these roads to ensure that local residents who wish to park near their homes should not be adversely affected.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We want to do all we can to support local business and attract more shoppers to the town centre.
“We have listened very carefully to the case put forward by Tooting’s business community and as a result we are proposing that this discount on parking remains in place for this network of town centre streets.
“We want to make this halving of parking costs for shoppers permanent and we certainly hope that this will encourage more people to visit Tooting and that this benefits local businesses.
“We are also satisfied that these changes can be accommodated without causing any undue parking problems for residents of these streets. We would not have been able to support this change if they were going to suffer any parking problems.”
Councillors on the community services overview and scrutiny committee will asked to back the proposals at their meeting tonight (Thursday).