WALTHAM FOREST: Councillors call for review of parking charges

COUNCILLORS tonight unanimously agreed to call for a report on how parking charging schemes can be made “fairer” for residents.

A motion moved by Labour cabinet member Geraldine Reardon, and agreed by members from all political groupings, asks a report to be drawn up to consider reducing charges for first car permits.

It will also look at scrapping charges for visitor permits and ring-fencing cash made from controlled parking zones (CPZ) to be spent in the immediate area of the zones.

The council has also asked Cllr Terry Wheeler, investment cabinet member, to investigate how the authority can allow more casual customer parking to help small businesses.

Cllr Reardon said: “We do need to re-examine the way the council charges for CPZ.

“We do have a problem with over-parking but in some areas residents are hit three times.

“They have the problem with the inconvenience and pollution caused by too many vehicles, then they have to pay for their permit and visitors permit, and then having paid for the permits there is no guarantee the income will benefit their area.”

The Lib Dems successfully amended the motion to ensure any report will include details of how any reduction in charges will be paid for.

Tonight’s decision follows criticisms of the council for hiking up parking fees in recent years.

The Conservative group has over the past few years continually called for the authority to change its parking policy.

Cllr Matt Davis, Conservative group leader, tonight said: “You can all tell when an election’s coming, can’t you?

“This is the third motion like this which has come to full council, the first two were from our group and were completely ignored.”

CPZ 12-month residential permit charges vary according to the size of a vehicle’s engine and location.

First vehicle permit prices range from £22.50 to £95, with second permits £42 to £170 and third permits £55 to £225.

A book of visitor 30 one hour visitor permits is £15.

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9:38am Fri 18 Dec 09

Touchwood says...

Knowing this thieving lot they'll probably put the fees UP!!
Knowing this thieving lot they'll probably put the fees UP!! Touchwood
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9:46am Fri 18 Dec 09

hotredman says...

Im sorry but this is a bit too late, maybe the idiots have now realised that it is there foolish CPZ money grabbing and business depriving schemes that have made many places in the borough ghost towns or full of shops of worthlessness.
They are now acting as though they are the hero, but its the same councillors are the ones who are responsible for this in the first place.

I am glad I am not a resident in LBWF or those stupid areas. Its like a flaming joke, could you imagine, visitor permits for 1 hour. They are even dictating the amount of time your friends or family could visit, sorry for people who live in those stupid zones.
Im sorry but this is a bit too late, maybe the idiots have now realised that it is there foolish CPZ money grabbing and business depriving schemes that have made many places in the borough ghost towns or full of shops of worthlessness. They are now acting as though they are the hero, but its the same councillors are the ones who are responsible for this in the first place. I am glad I am not a resident in LBWF or those stupid areas. Its like a flaming joke, could you imagine, visitor permits for 1 hour. They are even dictating the amount of time your friends or family could visit, sorry for people who live in those stupid zones. hotredman
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10:36am Fri 18 Dec 09

RayJay says...

At last some realisation from the council that the parking problems in the borough cannot be resolved by introducing a "stealth tax" which unfairly targets poorer residents who live in high density housing areas.
The introduction of CPZ's in areas near stations and shopping precincts have had benefits for residents living nearby, but CPZ's have been introduced in areas for no other reason than local residents find difficulty parking due to too few parking spaces for the amount of cars owned by the local residents.
These CPZ's have longer restriction times than the ones around the shopping and station areas even covering all weekend thus penalising those residents should they have visitors.
What then occurs is the people who do not want to pay the visitor's charges in these CPZ's park in neighbouring areas causing parking problems there as well. The council's solution to this? Yes you've guessed it introduce a CPZ in these areas too!!
This is a stealth tax that is creeping across the borough and the only winners are the council through increased revenue.
I hope whoever looks into this comes up with a plan that addresses the problem and not just introduce a quick fix tax.
At last some realisation from the council that the parking problems in the borough cannot be resolved by introducing a "stealth tax" which unfairly targets poorer residents who live in high density housing areas. The introduction of CPZ's in areas near stations and shopping precincts have had benefits for residents living nearby, but CPZ's have been introduced in areas for no other reason than local residents find difficulty parking due to too few parking spaces for the amount of cars owned by the local residents. These CPZ's have longer restriction times than the ones around the shopping and station areas even covering all weekend thus penalising those residents should they have visitors. What then occurs is the people who do not want to pay the visitor's charges in these CPZ's park in neighbouring areas causing parking problems there as well. The council's solution to this? Yes you've guessed it introduce a CPZ in these areas too!! This is a stealth tax that is creeping across the borough and the only winners are the council through increased revenue. I hope whoever looks into this comes up with a plan that addresses the problem and not just introduce a quick fix tax. RayJay
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11:41am Fri 18 Dec 09

karola says...

I never understood the justification for charging for a parking permit if you live in that borough and pay council tax. There should be free permits for anyone that pays council tax, including free visitor permits. Labour just loves to tax the motorist, it is such an easy target!! If only the public transport wasn't so overcrowded it cannot cope with everyone that is using it now, let alone more people.
I never understood the justification for charging for a parking permit if you live in that borough and pay council tax. There should be free permits for anyone that pays council tax, including free visitor permits. Labour just loves to tax the motorist, it is such an easy target!! If only the public transport wasn't so overcrowded it cannot cope with everyone that is using it now, let alone more people. karola
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12:23pm Fri 18 Dec 09

Techno2 says...

This council also raises massively more in car parking fines than is warranted if all they were trying to do were create an orderly and fair system. It seems they having been using the streets as a milch-cow to make up for the holes in their budgets. These are caused by the increasingly high proportions of the population locally in a depressed economy who get concessions from having to pay for taxes and services be virtue of being on welfare of one kind or another, and also because of unacceptable levels of waste, inefficiency and corruption.

This is focuss on milking motorists for short-term revenue fixes by the council is killing business and in the long-term will kill the borough's tax-base.

The ordinary enjoyment by residents and visitors alike of the use of public places or even just the streets outside their own homes is also made stressful and unpleasant as it is often just too expensive to and difficult to park anywhere.
This council also raises massively more in car parking fines than is warranted if all they were trying to do were create an orderly and fair system. It seems they having been using the streets as a milch-cow to make up for the holes in their budgets. These are caused by the increasingly high proportions of the population locally in a depressed economy who get concessions from having to pay for taxes and services be virtue of being on welfare of one kind or another, and also because of unacceptable levels of waste, inefficiency and corruption. This is focuss on milking motorists for short-term revenue fixes by the council is killing business and in the long-term will kill the borough's tax-base. The ordinary enjoyment by residents and visitors alike of the use of public places or even just the streets outside their own homes is also made stressful and unpleasant as it is often just too expensive to and difficult to park anywhere. Techno2
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2:22pm Fri 18 Dec 09

Panoptes says...

Ah well, we're all doomed anyway so enjoy the ride while you can!
Ah well, we're all doomed anyway so enjoy the ride while you can! Panoptes
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