Council updates plans to protect resident’s parking from influx of fans to new Wimbledon stadium on match days
Published: Friday, August 6, 2021
The council is to make changes to the proposed parking controls in the areas surrounding the new Wimbledon Stadium development in Plough Lane. Restrictions are needed to protect residents’ parking provision on the Wandsworth side of the borough boundary.
Following feedback from local residents the council will introduce additional match / event Day Only restrictions to three existing controlled parking zones (CPZ) in Earlsfield, Garratt Green and Tooting.
These will effectively extend the CPZ restrictions to 9.30am – 9.30pm within the original proposed area, but will now operate on match / event Days only.
The aim is to protect Wandsworth residents’ parking spaces from an influx of football fans attending matches at AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium which lies on the Merton side of the borough boundary. The council will introduce the changes on an experimental basis and monitor the new parking controls to see if they are working.
Restrictions are being introduced in response to petitions from residents to strengthen parking controls in CPZ areas G1, L2 and E1 (part) following the new Wimbledon stadium development.
The council conducted a survey of more than 5,500 Wandsworth residents earlier in the year which confirmed the need for action. However the initial proposals for a seven-day per week 9.30am – 9.30pm restrictions have been changed following further responses from residents and businesses.
The measures will come into effect from October 1 and will apply on match / event days held at the new stadium after that date.
Residents in these CPZ areas will receive letters explaining the new arrangements and how they will be introduced, including how to provide feedback to the council during the period the controls are under review.
The council’s transport spokesman Cllr John Locker said: “We are really keen to help local residents and protect them from the impact of a new 9,500 spectator stadium opening on their doorstep.
"I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has been in touch to tell us their preference for parking controls.
After listening to local residents it made sense to amend the experimental scheme now rather than wait until after it was launched. We will monitor the Match Day only controls and continue to be flexible in order to get the balance right and a scheme that works for local people.”