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WALTHAMSTOW: 'No plans' to cut CPZ hours
PROPOSALS to roll back a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Walthamstow Village will not go ahead "at this time", a leading councillor has said.
Earlier this week the Guardian reported how disabled couple Dave and Fiona Bradbury, of Summit Road, were concerned at the suggested reduction in the hours of the recently introduced permit scheme.
They fear a cut in its operating times will lead to more cars parking in their street, making it difficult for them to go out.
The proposals included abolishing the CPZ on Saturdays and making it finish at 4.30pm rather than 6.30pm on weekdays.
But now the cabinet member responsible, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said there were no immediate plans to reduce the hours - although it would be kept under review.
He also denied that the council was even contemplating such a move, despite contrary claims from several of his Labour colleagues.
They include ward councillor and fellow cabinet member Cllr Saima Mahmud who said last week that: "reducing the hours is an option that will be considered".
Another colleague, Cllr Mark Rusling, said: "we do have to recognise that most people seem to want the hours reduced.
"As residents do not agree on this issue, the council has to come up with a scheme which everyone can live with, but which maybe isn't the exact scheme that everyone would want. That is what we will be working with officers and the cabinet member [Cllr Loakes] to do."
Mr Bradbury said: "The ward councillors gave the impression that a decision had already been made, but hopefully if we keep up the pressure they will abandon this proposal altogether."
In a statement Cllr Loakes said: "We will as a matter of course continue to review the CPZ to ensure it is working for residents, but there are no plans to make any changes at this time."