Extended operating hours for a controlled parking zone in the heart of Bermondsey have been approved by the council.
The so-called ‘CPZ G’ covers the area between the river and the railway line running parallel with Jamaica Road, including parts of the Four Squares and Kirby Estates.
Currently parking restrictions are in force from Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 6.30. But now the hours will be extended to 11pm every day of the week.
The move is due to come into force on October 19.
One resident of the Four Squares estate, which is covered by the area, slammed the change, saying he felt as if residents had not been properly consulted.
“The council have got to put it to the people,” he said. “They say, ‘there was a vote taken’, well when was the vote taken?
“Was there just ten people instead of asking the people that live around here? My grandkids won’t be able to come down without having to pay to park.”
A letter sent to residents by Southwark Council admits that “no representations were received” on a consultation in May into the extension of the hours of the CPZ.
However, officials say that earlier consultations had shown a majority support for amended hours, and a consultation in 2019 showed that the extended hours were the most popular choice.
“As we received no objections to the changes, we are now in a position to commence with the installation of the parking zone,” states the letter.
Anyone wishing to park in the area from October 19 from 8.30am to 11pm will need to buy a parking permit, the letter adds.
A permit costs £125 for twelve months.