Angry residents launch campaign after 90 Ilford roads could be subject to parking permits

PUBLISHED: 14:21 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 28 September 2018

Residents of Mortlake Road who are angered by the council plans to implement permit parking in 90 roads. Picture: Ken Mears

Residents of Mortlake Road who are angered by the council plans to implement permit parking in 90 roads. Picture: Ken Mears


Permit parking could be introduced to 90 roads in Ilford, after Redbridge Council confirmed it will be holding a consultation on the idea.

Lots of residents are against the scheme and pooled their money to print 5,000 leaflets urging the community not to support the initiative.

Former councillor, Filly Maravala, 72, said there are no issues with parking in the area and in many ways it would be wrong to start the scheme.

“There is not a problem with parking, why are they targeting Loxford and Clementwood - two of the poorest areas in the borough?” he said.

“This is a half-baked idea - it is simply not needed, residents are not asking for this.

“The price of petrol has gone up, council tax has gone up and there is an added charge for the social care - we don’t need to pay to park on top of this.

“I understand the council are under pressure from central government and the Conservatives have decimated local council budgets but this is not the way to do it- is it a money making scheme?.”

Mr Maravala, who hungup his councillor gloves in 2014 said in the past when residents have wanted permit schemes he has represented their petitions, but in this instance, no one is asking for it, “quite the opposite”.

“I was a councillor for Loxford for 20 years,” he added.

“If residents want is and ask for it that is one thing but the council are taking it up upon themselves.

“Don’t extend it willy-nilly to 90 roads.”

Jas Athwal, Council leader said a consultation is to get feedback and like the Wanstead permit parking consultation they will see what residents want.

“We committed to a full consultation and listened in Wanstead and delivered it and will listen to the residents of Ilford too,” he said.

“The Labour group outlined in its manifesto that we would reduce the cost of a parking permit down to £20, and we will do this.

“All we are doing is consulting with residents to give them a voice and let us know what would make their lives easier.”

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