Half price parking for Tooting

Published: 5 April 2013

Shoppers heading to Tooting town centre can enjoy half price parking as part of a new initiative launched by Wandsworth Council.

The town is hall has slashed the hourly parking tariff in a key network of town centre streets from £2.30 to £1.10 as part of a six month pilot scheme.

The move comes in response to pleas from local business leaders who have asked councillors to cut parking charges in order to attract shoppers and boost trade.

A report on the changes stated: "The network of streets proposed for the experimental scheme is within a few minutes walk of Upper Tooting Road and is likely to be of great benefit to the independent traders in this part of the town centre."

The roads affected 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 Russell King said: "We want to do all we can to support local business and attract shoppers to the town centre.

"We listened very carefully to the case put forward by representatives of the business community and as a result we will be offering discounts on parking in this network of town centre streets.

"The cost to shoppers will be reduced by more than half. We hope they take full advantage of this and that local businesses benefit from an increase in trade.

"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 agree to this change if they were going to suffer any adverse effect."

The cost of the pilot scheme is estimated at £35,000 and its effect will be evaluated after six months.