Residents invited to voice opinions on fair parking initiative (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Residents invited to voice opinions on fair parking initiative
Liberal Democrat councillors are discussing how to get a better deal people wanting to park for short periods.
Cllr Shoaib Patel, cabinet member for community safety, planning and enforcement, said he wants feedback from residents and businesses on the topic.
It currently costs 30p to park for 15 minutes at pay and display machines, which the councillors are pushing to be raised to 30 minutes.
Cllr Patel said: “In Redbridge we insisted from the beginning that, despite the huge pressures on our budget, we should do what we can to keep charges at a reasonable level.
“This we have done, including freezing the cost of a parking permit for the first car in each household for four years."
Lib Dem councillors are also pressing for the cost of the permit for a first car to be reduced from £55.75 to £50.00 to make permit schemes more attractive to parts of the borough with parking problems.
In addition, they are discussing how to develop a code of practice on how the council deals with parking enforcement.
Cllr Patel said: “I know that some people are concerned about how parking enforcement is managed in Redbridge.
"Residents and businesses are entitled to be reassured that what we do is fair, that we treat cases consistently, and that the penalty and appeal processes are well managed."
The cabinet is likely to consider Cllr Patel’s proposals early in 2014, in advance of setting the budget for next year.
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposals can contact Cllr Patel on 020 8708 0130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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