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Wanstead’s ‘gold standard’ parking consultation to go ahead in March

PUBLISHED: 14:17 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 24 February 2017

Residents of Wanstead who are angered by a new pay and display scheme where there has not been any consultation with the public

Residents of Wanstead who are angered by a new pay and display scheme where there has not been any consultation with the public

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A full “gold standard” consultation on potential changes to parking in Wanstead will be launched next month, the council has revealed.

Initial plans to introduce an experimental parking order in the area in February sparked outrage from residents who claimed the scheme was an unneccesary money-making exercise.

Unveiling the plans for a full and in-depth consultation, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal, said he was proud to prove that the council did listen to residents.

“We know expectations are high for this work and we are in the process of making sure that the details are right before we present it to the public,” he said.

“Parking in Wanstead is a real problem, and we want to find a solution that is right for the area, that deals with the present and future pressures on parking spaces but also takes into account the needs of businesses, residents and shoppers.

“It is a very difficult balancing act, we have to take into account many factors and try and find the best way forward.

“We know that means we can’t please everybody but we have to do what we think is best for the whole area. We’re looking forward to sharing the consultation with everyone when it is read.”

A paper consultation, which Cllr Athwal promised would be “fun and thorough”, will be sent to every resident, business, school and nursery in the affected area.

There will also be an online consultation and shopper survey.

More concrete details on the consultation will be provided by the council in coming weeks.


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