Search

Residents’ petition over ‘unfair’ Woodford Green parking scheme to go before Redbridge Council

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 20 June 2017

Cars parked in Chigwell Road, residents want to have access to 30 minutes of free parking without using a mobile phone application, like the rest of the borough. Picture: Steve Poston

Cars parked in Chigwell Road, residents want to have access to 30 minutes of free parking without using a mobile phone application, like the rest of the borough. Picture: Steve Poston

Archant

A petition calling for fairer parking at bays that require users to use a mobile phone service is to be debated by Redbridge Council after amassing a staggering 1,582 signatures.

Created by concerned residents and shop keepers, the petition argues that it is unfair that parking bays in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, currently have no way for drivers to access free parking unless they use Ringo – a service they would need a mobile phone to be able to use.

Received by the council in February, it reads: “We the undersigned want to be treated as are Snakes Lane shop keepers and shoppers; as are Barkingside High Street shop keepers and shoppers; if the meters are to remain we want to be able to press the green button for free 30 minutes parkingbut ideally we want to go back to no meters as is Manford Way, Chigwell.”

Conservative group leader, Cllr Paul Canal, will also be placing a motion before the council when the issue is discussed at Thursday night’s full council meeting at Redbridge Town Hall.

It calls on the council to note the petition “presented by aggrieved residents and shopkeepers” and calls for the council to commit itself to fairness when it comes to parking across Redbridge and refuse to “discriminate against Woodford Bridge residents, visitors and businesses in this way”.

If agreed, the motion would also see the council commit to providing ticketed parking at the Chigwell Road bays as soon as possible.

But a council spokesman said parking in Chigwell Road was an historic problem that first came to light during a consultation in October 2014.

He continued: “Throughout the borough there is a free 30 minute parking session available in short term on-street parking bays.

“Unfortunately there is abuse of the existing pay & display arrangement, whereby users are known to repeatedly return to their vehicles and press the green button on the pay and display machines in order to obtain free parking for stays in excess of 30 minutes.

“As part of the Woodford Bridge experiment the 30 minute free parking session is only available by using the pay by phone facility as this restricts users from being able to book additional free sessions one after another.”

Related articles

Latest Ilford Stories

17:28

Belgium and Tunisia have met on three previous occasions in all competitions, with a win apiece and a draw. The encounters have been tight affairs, with victories decided by one-goal margins, but today’s match didn’t follow the same trend.

13:15

A man who threatened a mum at knifepoint while she was dropping off her children at school in Seven Kings and pulled out a knife on a taxi driver in Ilford has been handed six years in prison.

Nottinghamshire required just an hour and three-quarters on the fourth morning of the Specsavers County Championship game at Chelmsford to remove the last six Essex wickets and claim victory.

12:57

Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admits his side have “momentum” after a nail-biting away win at Scunthorpe on Friday night.

12:00

Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.

14:12

A 21-year-old man has been injured after a brawl in Gants Hill.

Just over five years ago, the Ilford Recorder ran a front page article with the headline “Police swoop on the homeless taking sleeping bags and food parcels in co-ordinated raids in Redbridge”.

Yesterday, 19:15

Essex (206 & 88-4) trail Nottinghamshire (380 & 266) by 352 runs

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now