After years of pressure, I am pleased to inform you that the Council has now informed me that work should start next week (commencing 18th July) on building a small car park outside of the gym which I hope will alleviate some of the parking problems which I know many local residents suffer from. I am only mildly concerned that in two communications there are three different start dates, but as all of them are next week, I hope that this is a positive sign.
When Planning Permission for the old Coronet cinema building and the surrounding area to be converted into flats with a range of new shops was granted, it included a small car park outside the main entrance to help deal with expected increase in demand for parking. Unfortunately when the building programme was completed, no car park was built and when I chased this up, it appeared that there was no deadline for its construction included in the Planning Permission (which, in my opinion, the builders seemed to think was the same as not having to build it). I have been speaking with Council Officers, the developers and the Cabinet Member over a period of years to make sure this commitment to deal with the parking problems is kept so I am extremely pleased to be informed that work will start next week.
I understand from the Council that the works will be carried out between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00 under a restricted road width outside 99 Well Hall Road. Works are due to last three weeks but can be subject to delays caused by adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Outside working hours the road will be open as normal. The Council is keen apologise in advance for any in
convenience and assure you that every effort will be made to keep any disturbance to a minimum, however, I think in the long term, the benefit of having more parking spaces will hopefully allow local residents to park more easily outside their own homes, businesses to benefit from more customers and car drivers to avoid having to park on the pavement in order to use the shops.
What has not been decided as yet is how the car park will be used ie will it be paid for or free. I imagine this may emerge once the way it is being used has been established, but clearly it should not be just an all-day space for commuters using Eltham Station.
The letter being delivered to local residents byt he Council can be found here: Resident Notice Letter. The Coronet