Plans for borough-wide parking permits in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 November 2018

More permit areas will be created in Redbridge. Picture: Steve Parsons

More permit areas will be created in Redbridge. Picture: Steve Parsons

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Redbridge Council is proposing to bring in a borough-wide parking permit scheme which could generate £7million.

The plans are outlined in the local authority’s lengthy 2019/2020 budget proposals which are open to public consultation.

One resident, who tipped the Recorder off about the scheme, is outraged by the idea and said “neighbours will be competing against each other for spaces”.

“They are bringing in pay and display parking and permits across the whole borough just to generate money,” he said.

“We pay road tax, why should we pay again and the council get another slice?

“It is outrageous that the council are using stealth tactics, restricting parking spaces so residents have no chance.

“With all these new tower developments being built, they are packing us in like sardines and then providing no parking on top of this.”

A Redbridge Council spokesman said it wants to make sure more local people can find a space on their own street first time so it will be offering more residents the chance to move to permitted schemes.

“Parking in some parts of Redbridge can be challenging, with residents competing against commuters, trades people and shoppers for spaces,” he said.

“With our population due to increase substantially over the coming decade, the problem is only likely to get worse.

“There needs to be majority support for each scheme, but experience tells us that when residents really weigh up the options they often see the benefits.”

The spokesman added that car use is rising in Redbridge at a time when it is falling in many other parts of London.

It hopes that improved public transport options, such as Crossrail, will combine with plans for better cycle infrastructure to help more people make “greener travel choices”.

“All income from parking permits and parking controls is ringfenced and used to pay for traffic and highways schemes, including subsidising concessionary fares for local residents,” he said.

If agreed, the total draft budget plans for 2019/20 would save £12.8million over the first three years.

Other key proposals include an increase in licence fees to tackle rogue landlords and new social care measures to support vulnerable people living at home.

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