Fears for Belmont parking plan after boss is fired
Uncertainty surrounds the future of a major parking control scheme after the consultant in charge was fired shortly before it was due to be implemented.
The consultant had been working with the council for a number of years on the Belmont parking scheme.
The parking scheme is set to affect more than 1,000 homes and 26 streets in the area and was aimed at easing congestion.
However the sacking of the consultant has sparked concerns about how the scheme will be taken forward.
Peter Mattey, chairman of Belmont and South Cheam Residents' Association, said: "The whole thing seems to be up in the air. We just want to know they are going to complete it.
"I have had lots of emails from people who have heard about it and there’s great concern that this project - which is so far down the road - will be stalled."
The issue is expected to be raised at the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee tonight.
Deputy leader of the opposition, Tim Crowley, said: "Who was so daft as to let a consultant go with no notice?
"They let him go without speaking to him about what he is doing with it all.
"It is management of the poorest quality and our residents expect better than that and they are not getting it."
The parking scheme follows years of concern from residents that overspill from the Royal Marsden Hospital has meant they find it very difficult to park near their homes.
It will see a range of changes including short term parking restrictions on different days in different streets.
While congestion and tight parking on some roads has made it difficult for fire engines to gain access in some areas and caused serious traffic problems.
Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, Colin Hall, would not comment on why the consultant has been sacked. He said: "It is not appropriate, nor the council's policy, to discuss individuals."
The council confirmed that the company Project Centre is now running the parking scheme in the Belmont area and that previous plans are being continually developed.