Cheaper parking initiative trialed in time for Christmas (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Cheaper parking initiative trialed in time for Christmas
A new cheaper parking initiative will be trialled in time for Christmas shoppers.
A 30p charge will provide 30 minutes parking in pay and display areas, rather than the current 15 minutes
The proposal is part of a new ‘fair parking’ review by Redbridge Council's highways cabinet member, Shoaib Patel, aimed at making short-term parking more affordable.
Cllr Patel says 15 minutes is not enough time for shopping.
He is also proposing to reduce the 20 minute pay-and display-tariff in Ilford town centre from 80p to 30p.
The proposals have been agreed with Conservative councillors within Redbridge’s coalition administration and Cllr Patel hopes to launch the trial on December 2 in time for Christmas shopping.
Cllr Patel said: “My 30:30 deal provides more time for people to visit our shops for the cheapest pay-and-display charge of 30p, as well as significantly reducing the cost of on-street parking in Ilford.”
Cllr Ian Bond said: “We know that both the government and local businesses are keen for us to support our high streets, and we hope that this proposal will be of real help.
“We think that extending the parking period for short-term shopping would, over a full year, cost the Council about £370,000, which we can afford because our savings programme is generally on track and we continue to do very well in collecting our income.”
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