Traders call for axing of Redbridge pay and display plans

�Last ditch pleas are being made across Redbridge as business owners call for the axing of plans for pay and display parking outside their shops.

With the clock ticking before a final decision is made by the council’s cabinet, every one of the 13 proposed charging zones is coming under close scrutiny.

The consultation results from the 13 areas are being poured over this week and next by area committee panels, which each cover three borough wards.

More than 200 business owners and affected residents were at the area committee one meeting in Wanstead Church School, Church Path, Wanstead on Monday.

Passionate pleas were made as people argued the plans for High Street, Wanstead will “kill” small business in the borough.

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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 council report into the plans says the 13 new charging zones could bring in �165,000 a year.

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The vast majority of respondents to the consultations across the borough rejected the plans.

Only in High Road, Chadwell Heath and one of the two pay and display areas earmarked for New North Road, Hainault were the proposals either supported or there was no strong feeling either way.

Rev Jonathan Evens, of St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Seven Kings, said the proposals were “motivated by money”.

Speaking of the plan for Meads Lane, Seven Kings, he told area committee five on Monday: “We must be particularly careful that we don’t damage small businesses in our area.”

Martin Zealander, owner of Clayhall Avenue hairdressers Sharpen Up, said: “Everyone thinks this is ridiculous. There’s no valid reason for them to do this. They’re just killing small business at a time when we need all the help we can get.”

Area committees are making their views on the plans known to the council’s cabinet.

A final decision will then be made by the cabinet.

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