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New CPZ scheme comes into effect in Kew North

15 April 2021

A new Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) will come into effect in North Kew from 22 April 2021.

The decision was taken following a consultation among residents which saw significant support for the introduction of a new CPZ in the area. The new Zone KC will cover all roads in the North Kew area and will operate Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays), between 10am and 4.30pm and during certain major events in the area.

The parking review was commissioned in response to complaints and petitions received from residents of Gloucester Road and Kew Green concerning the difficulties experienced in finding a parking space close to their home, which were attributed primarily to the parking of vehicles by non-residents (all day commuters and long stay parking).

Additional pressures on parking space in the North Kew area has been experienced with the hosting of major events at Kew Gardens. The new Brentford Football Club stadium and flat development over Kew Bridge could also place considerable additional pressure on parking space in the area.

The consultation proposed that parking controls would be implemented across the whole of the North Kew area to provide priority parking for residents, businesses and visitors.

Residents living in the area were written to asking them to take part in the consultation to share their views and opinions on the proposals. The consultation opened on Tuesday 28 July 2020 and closed on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

The consultation found that 71% of respondents were in favour of implementing a CPZ in the North Kew Area, with 75% of respondents in favour of the CPZ being in place every day.

Businesses in the local area were also consulted on the proposed changes and following discussions with businesses who raised concerns on the possible effects the Parking Policy Manager attended a meeting with businesses to further discuss the proposals, to listen to their concerns and to outline alternatives and how the scheme could help businesses.

The main aim of these changes is to ensure parking for both residents, their visitors, local businesses and short-term visitors who are likely to contribute to the local economy are prioritised while deterring cars to be parked in the area for longer periods of time.

The new parking arrangements will allow the Council to manage the limited parking and high traffic volumes in the area while helping to reduce air pollution and encourage a shift towards more sustainable modes of transport.

Following the publication of the results of the consultation Richmond Council took residents feedback on board and agreed to implement new parking controls. These provisions also include provision for a coach 'drop-off' and 'pick-up' area and a taxi rank in the area to facilitate local attractions such as Kew Gardens.

These changes will come into effect from Thursday, 22 April 2021. This is an amendment to the original scheduled date of 19 April 2021.

Those parking in any of the visitor spaces, while visiting Kew Gardens or other amenities in the area by car will be required to pay by mobile phone using RingGo cashless parking.

Find out more information about Ringgo including details of how to pay.

Read the full North Kew parking study.

Read the full results of the North Kew area parking consultation.

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Updated: 20 April 2021