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Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith backs business’ free parking battle

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 October 2015

Iain Duncan Smith, the Chingford and Woodford Green MP, and shop owners from High Road, Woodford Green, who have petitioned the council for 30 minutes free parking for the Derby Road car park. Picture: Ken Mears

Iain Duncan Smith, the Chingford and Woodford Green MP, and shop owners from High Road, Woodford Green, who have petitioned the council for 30 minutes free parking for the Derby Road car park. Picture: Ken Mears

Ken Mears

Iain Duncan Smith has backed a group of Woodford Green shops in their campaign for free parking in the area.

Businesses in High Road are arguing that the Derby Road car park should be given 30 minutes free parking to stimulate trade.

The Chingford and Woodford Green MP visited Omega Locksmiths, in High Road, yesterday, to discuss the issue.

He told the Recorder: “The council needs to look at doing this, other councils such as Waltham Forest have done.

“They need to give them some time where people can pull up for half an hour and have a look around.

“Doing it at the Derby Road car park, that would help these shops.”

Mr Duncan Smith added he had battled to save the car park several years ago and did not want to see it go to waste.

“Apart from the car park the shops have got nothing, it is the main access point.

“I will be writing to the chief executive and leader of Redbridge Council.”

Cllr Emma Best (Con, Church End) has started a petition to the council for the free parking.

The council introduced 30 minutes free parking in pay and display spaces in 2014, but a council spokesman told the Recorder last week that there were no plans to extend this to any car parks.


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