WALTHAM FOREST: Council announces free parking following pressure from businesses

THE council is dropping parking charges at six of its car parks for two hours every Saturday in the run up to Christmas in a bid to attract shoppers.

The move follows pressure from local traders and the opposition Conservative group to ease parking restrictions to help smaller businesses in the recession.

The car parks in Church Lane, Leytonstone, Stanley Road, Leyton, South Grove, Walthamstow, and Larkshall Road, Highams Park, will offer the first two hours of parking free.

Council leader Chris Robbins described the move as an “early Christmas present”.

Waltham Forest Council's Leader, Cllr Chris Robbins, said: "We want to get people into our town centres and this is one way of making that happen.”

Cllr Matt Davis, Conservative group leader said: "I am delighted that the Labour and Lib Dem members are finally listening to what the borough's shopkeepers have been saying for some considerable time."

But Cllr Davis said its not enough and the borough's parking problems need "fixing."

The new arrangements begin on Saturday and continue until January 2.

What do you think? Will this help or should the council have been doing more to help local businesses a long time ago?

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12:04pm Thu 19 Nov 09

Techno2 says...

They need to make the market attractive by reducing the obvious gaps everywhere in it in Walthamstow.

To do this and target the help is difficult, but they could help the market traders out by dropping the extra pitch fees if they take extra stall space on (God knows there is now room enough).

I would prefer it if this help went to locals (on the theory that they would spend the money they made locally and employ locals to work with them) so perhaps if they offered such help only for those traders who are also residents in the borough, for instance by giving the discount to those who can prove they are also local council tax payers.
They need to make the market attractive by reducing the obvious gaps everywhere in it in Walthamstow. To do this and target the help is difficult, but they could help the market traders out by dropping the extra pitch fees if they take extra stall space on (God knows there is now room enough). I would prefer it if this help went to locals (on the theory that they would spend the money they made locally and employ locals to work with them) so perhaps if they offered such help only for those traders who are also residents in the borough, for instance by giving the discount to those who can prove they are also local council tax payers. Techno2
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3:11pm Thu 19 Nov 09

Fedupwithitall says...

Typical of Robbins - wedded to his gas guzzling car. No thought for the green agenda or carbon emissions, let's just get everone to make short trips in their cars, causing even more pollution and congestion on the already traffic-jammed streets of Waltham Forest. We have good transport links in the Borough and most if not all of these car parks are close to public transport interchanges - Church Lane Leytonstone is right on top of the tube for goodness sake! We have the 2012 Olympics on our doorstep - "the Green Games" - where everyone is being actively encouraged to use public transport, even the Olympic officials! I don't hear Seb Coe touting free parking for spectators. Yet again Robbins is making short sighted decisions for short-term political gain.
Typical of Robbins - wedded to his gas guzzling car. No thought for the green agenda or carbon emissions, let's just get everone to make short trips in their cars, causing even more pollution and congestion on the already traffic-jammed streets of Waltham Forest. We have good transport links in the Borough and most if not all of these car parks are close to public transport interchanges - Church Lane Leytonstone is right on top of the tube for goodness sake! We have the 2012 Olympics on our doorstep - "the Green Games" - where everyone is being actively encouraged to use public transport, even the Olympic officials! I don't hear Seb Coe touting free parking for spectators. Yet again Robbins is making short sighted decisions for short-term political gain. Fedupwithitall
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7:24pm Thu 19 Nov 09

Malcolm Shykles says...

I note that the Town Hall has 500 parking spaces.

If these were charged at £5 a day (as at Larkshall Road Car Park) that would bring in a fair income.

Compare this with the users of Station Car Parks who also have to find another £2,000 for the rail fare to get to work and earn the wherewithal to finance this borough!

As a centre for the local control of Global Warming the Borough does set a good example.

I note that the Town Hall has 500 parking spaces. If these were charged at £5 a day (as at Larkshall Road Car Park) that would bring in a fair income. Compare this with the users of Station Car Parks who also have to find another £2,000 for the rail fare to get to work and earn the wherewithal to finance this borough! As a centre for the local control of Global Warming the Borough does set a good example. Malcolm Shykles
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11:03pm Thu 19 Nov 09

hotredman says...

Its a trap. They would be waitng to slap a penalty notice on your car before your time or fiddle the car park machines to be able to get you.
Its a trap. They would be waitng to slap a penalty notice on your car before your time or fiddle the car park machines to be able to get you. hotredman
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1:32pm Fri 20 Nov 09

Redfox says...

I'd like to see those trying to park at South Grove wading through the deep static water that covers almost one-fifth of the spaces in wet weather.
as for car use in the borough generally - when are they going to promote using public transport or bikes for council's own staff? Forest Road site is jammed-packed on each weekday, with plenty of ticketable offences going unpunished!
Parking on verges, parking in yellow boxes and on double-yellow lines, not to mention parking where there are no spaces marked at all.
Get the Guardian photographer down there and show up their one rule for US and another for the plebs elsewhere.
I'd like to see those trying to park at South Grove wading through the deep static water that covers almost one-fifth of the spaces in wet weather. as for car use in the borough generally - when are they going to promote using public transport or bikes for council's own staff? Forest Road site is jammed-packed on each weekday, with plenty of ticketable offences going unpunished! Parking on verges, parking in yellow boxes and on double-yellow lines, not to mention parking where there are no spaces marked at all. Get the Guardian photographer down there and show up their one rule for US and another for the plebs elsewhere. Redfox
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10:44am Mon 23 Nov 09

Pamella says...

Are they kidding? Two hours at Larkshall car park? what use is that to anyone?
Are they kidding? Two hours at Larkshall car park? what use is that to anyone? Pamella
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