Frustrated at parking in Redbridge? This is your chance to get your voice heard

Frustrated by never being able to find somewhere to park? Do you think parking wardens are overzealous? Have an opinion about parking near your local high street?

If so, the borough’s parking chief wants to hear your views on parking in Redbridge and help shape future policy.

Cllr Shoaib Patel, cabinet member for highways, says he knows that some residents and business owners are unhappy with the way parking is enforced in the borough.

Speaking at the cabinet meeting held last night at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford he said he giving you a chance to voice your opinion on what works well, needs improving or needs to be scrapped.

Cllr Patel said: “Despite the huge pressures on our budget, we should do what we can to keep charges at a reasonable level. This we have done, including freezing the cost of a parking permit for the first car in each household for four years.”

Last month the RAC Foundation issued figures stating Redbridge Council had a £3.9million surplus from on and off-street charges and fines for the 2011/12 financial year.

This was up from £3.5million the previous year and £2.8m in 2009/10.

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Cllr Patel said he wanted to create a code of practice which will govern how the council deals with parking enforcement.

The Liberal Democrat member recently took over responsibility for parking and insisted that, despite other boroughs increasing charges, Redbridge had not done so.

“Redbridge already has a good record to defend on parking,” he said. “We have seen other boroughs push through massive hikes in charges, which in one well known case ended with a council losing in court.”

“I would also like to review what we can do to offer a better deal to people who want to park for short periods in our high streets to visit local shops and invite residents who have views about how we make sure parking in Redbridge is fair, to contact me.”

Email if you would like to contribute your views on parking in the borough.

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