WANSTEAD: Proposed parking charges slammed

WANSTEAD: Proposed parking charges slammed

WANSTEAD: Proposed parking charges slammed

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

ANGRY home owners are set to launch a campaign against a plan to charge households up to £233 for parking outside their own homes.

Redbridge Council have proposed the introduction of annual parking permits throughout Wanstead and Snaresbrook, which would see residents pay £55.75 for one car, £133.75 for two and £233.75 for three vehicles parked on the street.

Residents plan to launch a petition against the plans, which will be considered by councillors in the wards affected on May 16.

Some Wanstead streets like Grosvenor Road currently only have restricted parking between 9.30am and 10.30am on Monday to Friday.

However, the plans would see the restrictions extended from 8am to 6.30pm on weekdays unless home owners buy a permit.

And families will have to pay an additional £5.60 for a book of 10 permits for visitors to use the bays.

Michael Powis, 70, of Grosvenor Road, has vowed to campaign against the proposed charges, saying they will hit the elderly and disabled hardest.

He said: “It’s totally disingenuous and wrong. It’s just another money raising exercise, a backdoor tax.” “This amounts to a tax on having visitors – many residents are on limited incomes or pensions.

“Also, you can only buy five books a year which is only 50 visits. Members of family won’t visit during the week because they don’t want to be charged.”

Neighbour Richard Oakman, 61, will join Mr Powis's campaign and questioned whether people would even get what they pay for.

He said: "Buying a permit doesn't guarantee you a space. The council didn't work out how many spaces there are and how many cars need a space."

Mr Powis said a leading estate agent in Wanstead High Street warned that the permits will cause a £10,000 drop in house prices.

However, a local estate agent said the scheme may represent good news for renters in the area.

Mike Molloy, owner of Martin & Co Wanstead Letting Agents, said: “The parking bays right now are first come first serve.

"A lot of renting couples are happy to pay for a parking permit as they usually have just the one car, so £55 between them for a year isn’t that bad for a guaranteed space.”

The council says the move will prevent Olympics tourists from choking the area in traffic, but have no plans to end the restrictions after the Games.

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1:30pm Tue 3 May 11

Morris Hickey says...

Ripoff Redbridge! Roll on 1 May 2014.
Ripoff Redbridge! Roll on 1 May 2014. Morris Hickey
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2:49pm Tue 3 May 11

Joe Swayton says...

This is just a start, it will them go up every year.

We pay Council tax, Income Tax, have to pay to dump rubbish.

You need a minimum wage of 2 K a month just to live in a rented 1 bed flat. Who can afford this?
This is just a start, it will them go up every year. We pay Council tax, Income Tax, have to pay to dump rubbish. You need a minimum wage of 2 K a month just to live in a rented 1 bed flat. Who can afford this? Joe Swayton
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11:34pm Tue 3 May 11

Redbridge Bill says...

Most of the affected properties already have drive ways so this will only affect families with more than one car.
If they can afford to run these vehicles they can strech to £1 a week for a permit. If anything the permits are too cheap.
The root of the problem is that the UK has more than 30 million registered motor vehicles. Too many for such a small island.
Wanstead has, local shops, two tube stations and several bus routes yet people choose to drive everywhere. As long as they make this choice parking will be a problem and so too will obesity, noise pollution etc, etc.
Most of the affected properties already have drive ways so this will only affect families with more than one car. If they can afford to run these vehicles they can strech to £1 a week for a permit. If anything the permits are too cheap. The root of the problem is that the UK has more than 30 million registered motor vehicles. Too many for such a small island. Wanstead has, local shops, two tube stations and several bus routes yet people choose to drive everywhere. As long as they make this choice parking will be a problem and so too will obesity, noise pollution etc, etc. Redbridge Bill
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5:40am Wed 4 May 11

ScaredAmoeba says...

The question is: Why do people expect to be able to store their property for FREE on Council property?

Property owners do not own the road or pavement outside their own property.

Why is around £1 per week per car unreasonable? Are you living in the 19th Century? Where else can you expect to park your responsibly and legally car so reasonably?

These charges would seem to be very reasonable, and necessary to maintain the roads and pavements and monitor parking by non-residents.
The question is: Why do people expect to be able to store their property for FREE on Council property? Property owners do not own the road or pavement outside their own property. Why is around £1 per week per car unreasonable? Are you living in the 19th Century? Where else can you expect to park your responsibly and legally car so reasonably? These charges would seem to be very reasonable, and necessary to maintain the roads and pavements and monitor parking by non-residents. ScaredAmoeba
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6:08am Wed 4 May 11

ScaredAmoeba says...

Joe Swayton wrote:
This is just a start, it will them go up every year.

We pay Council tax, Income Tax, have to pay to dump rubbish.

You need a minimum wage of 2 K a month just to live in a rented 1 bed flat. Who can afford this?
Joe Swayton, Woodford Green said

"You need a minimum wage of 2 K a month just to live in a rented 1 bed flat. Who can afford this?"

If you can't afford ~£1 per week, perhaps you don't bother with trivial things like car insurance, MoT, servicing etc.
Maybe you should ditch the car and bicycle to work.

If more people cycled more often, there would be less pollution, less congestion, fewer road casualties and people would be less obese, healthier and happier. They'd be wealthier too!

IIRC the average journey at the last survey was under 7 miles. Which means that 50% of journeys were shorter.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Swayton[/bold] wrote: This is just a start, it will them go up every year. We pay Council tax, Income Tax, have to pay to dump rubbish. You need a minimum wage of 2 K a month just to live in a rented 1 bed flat. Who can afford this?[/p][/quote]Joe Swayton, Woodford Green said "You need a minimum wage of 2 K a month just to live in a rented 1 bed flat. Who can afford this?" If you can't afford ~£1 per week, perhaps you don't bother with trivial things like car insurance, MoT, servicing etc. Maybe you should ditch the car and bicycle to work. If more people cycled more often, there would be less pollution, less congestion, fewer road casualties and people would be less obese, healthier and happier. They'd be wealthier too! IIRC the average journey at the last survey was under 7 miles. Which means that 50% of journeys were shorter. ScaredAmoeba
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10:47am Sun 15 May 11

Chaucer says...

This 'no' campaign is clearly driven by local businesses who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would residents not see the value in being able to park near their homes, all for the price of a tank of petrol each year. Parking in the area has been getting increasingly difficult over the last few years driven by commuters, school runners, taxi drivers leaving their vehicles whilst not in use as well as other non residents leaving cars around the area for weeks at a time. As other areas impose restrictions this will only get worse.
The argument that parking restrictions will reduce property prices is the most absurd I have ever heard, clearly put forward by estate agents who think they should be able to park their garish business cars in the area for free. If parking restrictions make it easier to park near your home, then clearly this will help property prices. Why would renters see the value in paying for parking near their home, but owners wouldn't? Clearly an illogical argument.
Finally, this is not a static problem. The issue has been getting worse and will continue to do so unless addressed. Residents - do not pander to business interests and risk increasing parking mayhem all for the sake of the cost of a tank of petrol each year.
This 'no' campaign is clearly driven by local businesses who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would residents not see the value in being able to park near their homes, all for the price of a tank of petrol each year. Parking in the area has been getting increasingly difficult over the last few years driven by commuters, school runners, taxi drivers leaving their vehicles whilst not in use as well as other non residents leaving cars around the area for weeks at a time. As other areas impose restrictions this will only get worse. The argument that parking restrictions will reduce property prices is the most absurd I have ever heard, clearly put forward by estate agents who think they should be able to park their garish business cars in the area for free. If parking restrictions make it easier to park near your home, then clearly this will help property prices. Why would renters see the value in paying for parking near their home, but owners wouldn't? Clearly an illogical argument. Finally, this is not a static problem. The issue has been getting worse and will continue to do so unless addressed. Residents - do not pander to business interests and risk increasing parking mayhem all for the sake of the cost of a tank of petrol each year. Chaucer
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