Redbridge highways chief ‘fighting corner’ of residents in parking row

A councillor who has developed proposals to roll out new pay and display parking areas across Redbridge has said today she will “fight the corner” of residents after voting against one of the zones.

Cllr Michelle Dunn, cabinet member for environment and highways, voted against the planned pay and display area for High Street, Wanstead during a meeting of area committee one on Monday.

But the Wanstead ward councillor has spoken of her “frustration” after reports elsewhere in the media said that vote signalled the “scrapping” of the proposal.

Speaking to the Recorder today, Cllr Dunn explained: “There was total opposition to pay and display in that road so members decided to recommend to cabinet not to go forward with the proposals.”

“The consultation results will be reported to the cabinet [in September] and I will say residents don’t want this [pay and display in High Street].

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“I will be fighting their corner.

“But the decision will be made collectively by cabinet.”

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She added: “We need to listen to what the public tell us.”

Cllr Dunn said proposals for pay and display parking in High Road, Chadwell Heath, are more likely to go ahead after positive responses from ward councillors and traders.

Under the proposals, the pay and display areas would have a 30p charge for 15 minutes of parking, 60p for 30 minutes, �1.10 for one hour and �2.50 for two hours.

A consultation was carried out last month in the 12 roads affected, including New North Road, Hainault; Clayhall Avenue, Clayhall and Roding Lane South, Redbridge.

Area committees across the borough –which each cover three wards –are making their views known on the proposals during meetings being held this week and next.

The issue is also due to be raised at tonight’s full council meeting, which starts at 7.15pm in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford.

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