The lack of parking in developments in Lambeth is astonishingly short-sighted, say Lambeth’s Conservative councillors.
“We have grave concerns about all Lambeth redevelopments that have little or no parking space, from Hardess Street at Loughborough Junction to the Westbury Estate to the huge Clapham Park development” says Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs.
“Fewer parking spaces has been a disaster at Myatt’s Fields North. “It entrenches a lack of social mobility, as the only people who are happy about it are champagne socialists who ride bikes and work in the public sector or PR.
“This is a disaster for people who run small businesses or corner shops and have three kids and need to move their stock and children around. “And these are the people we will need in the borough from 2020 when boroughs will rely on keeping their own business revenue.
“The idea appears to be that if Labour councillors just ignore parking requirements the need for cars will just go away.
“We have no idea what will be needed in 50 years time. “Cars could all be electric by then, so the pollution worries seem misplaced and in any event not as important as creating durable and practical communities.
“My councillors find the lack of parking in developments astonishingly short-sighted. “No large development in France or Germany or Spain would ever be built without at least one level of car parking underneath it, sometimes two.
“Obviously in the Hardess Street case that may not be possible, but there appears to be no attempt to address parking requirements in this and other schemes.
“We also have reservations about the removal of trees, which seems to be a pattern in landscaping and design at the moment – that somehow shrubs can create a sort of controlled but sterile green space, so remove trees whenever you can.”