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We the undersigned petition Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to Investigate creating additional parking facilities in Nork Village. More details

Petition update 4 from the council, 14 November 2016

Dear Petitioners,

Thank you for your suggestion to the Council. The Executive specifically asked that the petitioners be thanked for bringing forward the issue as it helped to focus their attention on the wider parking needs of the Borough. It has led to them asking for a Borough wide parking review. Although this means that they have not approved your petition at this time it was confirmed that it would feature as part of the wider review.

The resolution of the Executive is set out below so you can see the full details of the decision:

(i) the significance of the parking issues affecting residents in the Nork area be recognised and that they be thanked for bringing forward their concerns about parking difficulties and associated pressures to the Executive;

(ii) the Head of Corporate Policy and Performance be authorised, in consultation with Portfolio Holder for Enforcement, to scope out a strategic review of on-street/off-street parking provision across the Borough, including financial implications, with the objective of identifying co-ordinated priority provision of Borough wide parking requirements for the future that attract their take up by users;

(iii) the Head of Corporate Policy and Performance be authorised to apply for Corporate Plan Delivery Fund resources to support the costs of undertaking a strategic review of parking as outlined in (ii) above;

(iv) the Portfolio Holder for Enforcement consults Surrey County Council, and Ward Members, as appropriate, to assist with the identification of parking issues to be considered as part of the strategic parking review; and

(v) the proposal to develop a new car park at Nork Way, as requested in the petition presented to Council on 28 July, be not supported at this time but the details of the petition be included as one of the parking pressures to be taken into account through the strategic review of off-street parking.

Kind Regards,

Petition Admin
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Petition update 3 from the council, 04 October 2016

Dear Petitioners,

The Executive meeting of 13 October has now been postponed until 27 October.

This petition will therefore now be considered on 27 October 2016. Details of the Executive meeting are available on our website. (https://democracy.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/aksreigate/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl?grpid=public%20-%20OSC)

Further updates on the Council's response to the petition will be provided following the meeting of the Executive.

Petition update 2 from the council, 22 August 2016

Dear Petitioners,

The petition regarding parking facilities in Nork Village has now been considered by the Council at the meeting of the Full Council on 28 July 2016.

The petition has been referred to the Executive for consideration. It will therefore be considered at the meeting of the Executive on 13 October 2016.

Further updates on the Council's response to the petition will be provided following the meeting of the Executive.

Petition update 1 from the council, 05 August 2016

Dear Petitioners,

The petition regarding parking facilities in Nork Village has now been considered by the Council at the meeting of the Full Council on 28 July 2016.

The petition has been referred to the Executive for consideration. It will therefore be considered at the next meeting of the Executive, on 15 September 2016.

Further updates on the Council's response to the petition will be provided following the meeting of the Executive.

More details from petition creator

Nork village is a small parade of 40 retail units surrounded by a large residential community and the local railway station, Banstead.

This petition was gathered to highlight the problems of parking that create congestion for the residents, impact the use of the railway and reduce the ability of shoppers to use Nork Village shops.

Nork Village shops and residences have a total of 50 free parking spaces for all day use, as these are connected to the station by two secluded alleyways they are generally all occupied by 9am. The remaining 52 spaces are restricted to 2 hours stay. Nork Village businesses feel their efforts to thrive are being hampered by this lack of infrastructure.

Banstead station is served by a railway line between Epsom Downs and London Victoria, travelling through Sutton and West Croydon providing critical access for residents to surrounding areas. Southern Trains run the services and estimate 138,000 journeys took place though Banstead Station 2014 - this suggests an average traffic of 360+ passengers per day although this is likely to be higher during week days and lower at weekends.

Therefore, 360+ railway travellers, customers and staff for 30 shops plus staff for 10 offices and businesses all have to compete for the 102 parking spaces. Therefore there are many times the number of parking spaces in demand before a single customer has arrived!

The lack of station and shoppers parking is creating six significant issues on residents and businesses:

1. Current unrestricted parking spaces are occupied by commuters and staff leaving enough parking for only 52 customers per shop and business. 2. Nork has developed a reputation that it’s "hard to park" reducing visitors to the retail shops. 3. Potential users of the station choose to complete their journey by road instead of rail or drive to other stations with more parking, increasing road use, increasing journey time and reducing the availability of parking elsewhere. 4. Significant additional congestion in nearby residential roads when commuters find no free parking bays. 5. Between current parking and the station, railway passengers have to make a nervous walk through a secluded alleyway. 6. Additional local traffic congestion as commuters seek spaces at peak times.

There is undeveloped public land near to Nork Village and station as well as developed land currently in commercial use adjacent to the railway.

We have 564 signatories to our petition for the council to undertake a feasibility study for increased parking for shop customers and rail commuters that will address the issues above. Many of these petitioners had ideas for potential solutions which we would be delighted to share with the appointed experts.

Current signatories

Kerry Carter, the petition creator, joined by:

  • 564 offline signatures