Council cuts cost of resident parking permits in Waltham Forest

RESIDENTIAL parking permits are to be reduced by a third to help cut carbon emissions and reduce cost for drivers.

The current cost of the first parking permit for residents living within a CPZ (controlled parking zones) is £45 for the first car, which will be reduced to £30.

The first permit is only for cars with an engine size between 900cc and 3,000cc and residents with a larger engine size will have to pay between £90 and £95, so council officers suggest the new pricing may also encourage residents to restrict their engine size, thus reducing carbon emissions.

The decision was unanimously agreed at a cabinet meeting called this evening to swiftly pass the proposal, which was jointly agreed between Labour and the Lib Dems in December, before the local elections next week.

At the meeting, portfolio holder for enterprise and investment and councillor for Cathall ward in south Leytonstone, Cllr Terry Wheeler said: “It is a sign post that we are now taking a comprehensive review of our parking strategy with a view to see where the cost should lie.”

There are 15 CPZ zones in the borough, mostly in the southern and most deprived areas of the borough, so it is hoped the reduction will help residents financially.

Though Lib Dem councillor for Cann Hall ward in south Leytonstone, Cllr Keith Rayner, pointed out at the meeting that residents living nearby in Newham pay nothing for their first car.

He said: “It is important for the south of the borough because there we have a meeting of a number of schemes. Newham has caused us a problem by giving residents parking permits for free.

“There are two roads in Cllr Wheeler's ward and two in mine where the road is on the border, so on one side in Newham they get it for nothing and in Waltham Forest they get a reduced rate. So I hope we can sort out the inequity there.”

The reduction in costs for residents will be paid for, subject to consultation, from a £100,000 budget approved by the full council in February for improvements to car parking, CPZs and engagement with residents and the business community.

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9:38pm Tue 27 Apr 10

Heartlysmum says...

Bribery nothing less.
Bribery nothing less. Heartlysmum

9:56pm Tue 27 Apr 10

Techno2 says...

Anyone would think there was an election coming up.
Anyone would think there was an election coming up. Techno2

10:17pm Tue 27 Apr 10

sonofturpin says...

Bless you Cllr Terry Wheeler. What we’ve been praying for is a straight talking Councillor who can clearly and unequivocally state: “It is a sign post that we are now taking a comprehensive review of our parking strategy with a view to see where the cost should lie.”

I can only hope that this review is being unpacked as the result of an integrated approach to developmental processes that will further conceptualise the blue sky thinking of an overarching cross-party formula designed and evolved though in-depth analysis of the forward-facing needs of a continually evolving community requiring a 21st century interface with emergent demands.

Either that or there’s an election on May 6th.
Bless you Cllr Terry Wheeler. What we’ve been praying for is a straight talking Councillor who can clearly and unequivocally state: “It is a sign post that we are now taking a comprehensive review of our parking strategy with a view to see where the cost should lie.” I can only hope that this review is being unpacked as the result of an integrated approach to developmental processes that will further conceptualise the blue sky thinking of an overarching cross-party formula designed and evolved though in-depth analysis of the forward-facing needs of a continually evolving community requiring a 21st century interface with emergent demands. Either that or there’s an election on May 6th. sonofturpin

12:41am Wed 28 Apr 10

Cllr Matt Davis says...

sonofturpin wrote:
Bless you Cllr Terry Wheeler. What we’ve been praying for is a straight talking Councillor who can clearly and unequivocally state: “It is a sign post that we are now taking a comprehensive review of our parking strategy with a view to see where the cost should lie.”

I can only hope that this review is being unpacked as the result of an integrated approach to developmental processes that will further conceptualise the blue sky thinking of an overarching cross-party formula designed and evolved though in-depth analysis of the forward-facing needs of a continually evolving community requiring a 21st century interface with emergent demands.

Either that or there’s an election on May 6th.
It's the latter Kevin.
[quote][p][bold]sonofturpin[/bold] wrote: Bless you Cllr Terry Wheeler. What we’ve been praying for is a straight talking Councillor who can clearly and unequivocally state: “It is a sign post that we are now taking a comprehensive review of our parking strategy with a view to see where the cost should lie.” I can only hope that this review is being unpacked as the result of an integrated approach to developmental processes that will further conceptualise the blue sky thinking of an overarching cross-party formula designed and evolved though in-depth analysis of the forward-facing needs of a continually evolving community requiring a 21st century interface with emergent demands. Either that or there’s an election on May 6th.[/p][/quote]It's the latter Kevin. Cllr Matt Davis

7:54am Wed 28 Apr 10

jack de large says...

Now I'm really confused, every time a Terry Wheeler Dealer, Clyde "sticky fingers" Loakes or any of their Lib Dem running dogs want to introduce or defend a CPZ they use the environment as their excuse. Now it seems reducing the cost of keeping a car will reduce carbon emissions, how?
Now I'm really confused, every time a Terry Wheeler Dealer, Clyde "sticky fingers" Loakes or any of their Lib Dem running dogs want to introduce or defend a CPZ they use the environment as their excuse. Now it seems reducing the cost of keeping a car will reduce carbon emissions, how? jack de large

8:12am Wed 28 Apr 10

April Showers says...

jack de large wrote:
Now I'm really confused, every time a Terry Wheeler Dealer, Clyde "sticky fingers" Loakes or any of their Lib Dem running dogs want to introduce or defend a CPZ they use the environment as their excuse. Now it seems reducing the cost of keeping a car will reduce carbon emissions, how?
"...council officers suggest the new pricing may also encourage residents to restrict their engine size, thus reducing carbon emissions." Don't know if this argument stacks up, jack de large, but what strikes me is that they've had four years to think about this one and rush it through in the week before the elections. Hmm. Almost on a par with the promise of a new cinema on the Arcade site just before the last elections. Do you smell a rat?
[quote][p][bold]jack de large[/bold] wrote: Now I'm really confused, every time a Terry Wheeler Dealer, Clyde "sticky fingers" Loakes or any of their Lib Dem running dogs want to introduce or defend a CPZ they use the environment as their excuse. Now it seems reducing the cost of keeping a car will reduce carbon emissions, how?[/p][/quote]"...council officers suggest the new pricing may also encourage residents to restrict their engine size, thus reducing carbon emissions." Don't know if this argument stacks up, jack de large, but what strikes me is that they've had four years to think about this one and rush it through in the week before the elections. Hmm. Almost on a par with the promise of a new cinema on the Arcade site just before the last elections. Do you smell a rat? April Showers

8:58am Wed 28 Apr 10

Silent Majority 2009 says...

Well done sonofturpin - you clearly are the script wrtier for Yes Minister! A brilliant way to start the day.
It is now official - CPZs are designed to rob the poor to give to the rich which is why Chingford is excluded from CPZs. And I always thought CPZs had something to do with controlling parking! There must be an election on - when did council charges ever go down!
Well done sonofturpin - you clearly are the script wrtier for Yes Minister! A brilliant way to start the day. It is now official - CPZs are designed to rob the poor to give to the rich which is why Chingford is excluded from CPZs. And I always thought CPZs had something to do with controlling parking! There must be an election on - when did council charges ever go down! Silent Majority 2009

9:50am Wed 28 Apr 10

April Showers says...

“...on one side in Newham they get it for nothing and in Waltham Forest they get a reduced rate... So I hope we can sort out the inequity there.” Why not abolish Waltham Forest and merge it with Newham? Just a thought!
“...on one side in Newham they get it for nothing and in Waltham Forest they get a reduced rate... So I hope we can sort out the inequity there.” Why not abolish Waltham Forest and merge it with Newham? Just a thought! April Showers

9:50am Wed 28 Apr 10

Pamella says...

what about the cost of short stay parking outside our local shops? or dont they care about people trying to earn a living? what about those of us trying to support our local shops by walking to them and buying locally thus reducing our carbon emissions? what about the extortionate parking charge at the larkshall road car park? all day every day until 5 p.m. £5 to park???this is so frustrating they have a chance to really make a difference and dont take it.
what about the cost of short stay parking outside our local shops? or dont they care about people trying to earn a living? what about those of us trying to support our local shops by walking to them and buying locally thus reducing our carbon emissions? what about the extortionate parking charge at the larkshall road car park? all day every day until 5 p.m. £5 to park???this is so frustrating they have a chance to really make a difference and dont take it. Pamella

9:54am Wed 28 Apr 10

April Showers says...

Pamella says: "...they have a chance to really make a difference and don't take it." Just about sums up the past four years (and the four before that come to think of it!). The catalogue of missed opportunities is truly heartbreaking.
Pamella says: "...they have a chance to really make a difference and don't take it." Just about sums up the past four years (and the four before that come to think of it!). The catalogue of missed opportunities is truly heartbreaking. April Showers

10:40am Wed 28 Apr 10

marsdan says...

Pamella wrote:
what about the cost of short stay parking outside our local shops? or dont they care about people trying to earn a living? what about those of us trying to support our local shops by walking to them and buying locally thus reducing our carbon emissions? what about the extortionate parking charge at the larkshall road car park? all day every day until 5 p.m. £5 to park???this is so frustrating they have a chance to really make a difference and dont take it.
I think you made a good point. I wish our councillors in Leytonstone would use some common sense.
With Argos opening in Leytonstone road, cllr marie pye wants to cut the only public car park we have that serves Leytonstone Road.
[quote][p][bold]Pamella[/bold] wrote: what about the cost of short stay parking outside our local shops? or dont they care about people trying to earn a living? what about those of us trying to support our local shops by walking to them and buying locally thus reducing our carbon emissions? what about the extortionate parking charge at the larkshall road car park? all day every day until 5 p.m. £5 to park???this is so frustrating they have a chance to really make a difference and dont take it.[/p][/quote]I think you made a good point. I wish our councillors in Leytonstone would use some common sense. With Argos opening in Leytonstone road, cllr marie pye wants to cut the only public car park we have that serves Leytonstone Road. marsdan

11:17am Wed 28 Apr 10

woodboy says...

We have approached this shocking council several times about parking issues but they won't listen. We met with Richard Sweden (Wood Street) and complained that finding a park on our street was increasingly difficult, as all of Wood Street's shoppers and workers park on side-streets to avoid paying for either of the two large car parks in the area. He said 'we really want to do something to help local businesses in the area.' We said 'how about lowering parking costs?' He looked at us with contempt and said 'you're obviously far more financially astute than I am.' We left that meeting utterly depressed and helpless about our local area. I have absolutely no idea who to vote for next week. I have no idea what the Tories will do in the area, but may vote for them just to get rid of these utterly incompetent and insulting plebs.
We have approached this shocking council several times about parking issues but they won't listen. We met with Richard Sweden (Wood Street) and complained that finding a park on our street was increasingly difficult, as all of Wood Street's shoppers and workers park on side-streets to avoid paying for either of the two large car parks in the area. He said 'we really want to do something to help local businesses in the area.' We said 'how about lowering parking costs?' He looked at us with contempt and said 'you're obviously far more financially astute than I am.' We left that meeting utterly depressed and helpless about our local area. I have absolutely no idea who to vote for next week. I have no idea what the Tories will do in the area, but may vote for them just to get rid of these utterly incompetent and insulting plebs. woodboy

12:51pm Wed 28 Apr 10

April Showers says...

"I have no idea what the Tories will do in the area." Well, woodboy, as the Tory Leader seems to have an inordinate ammount of time on his hands to post comments on this site I would hazard the answer is 'not much'!
"I have no idea what the Tories will do in the area." Well, woodboy, as the Tory Leader seems to have an inordinate ammount of time on his hands to post comments on this site I would hazard the answer is 'not much'! April Showers

2:01pm Wed 28 Apr 10

jack de large says...

Ah well, here I can help, the last Conservative leaflet delivered around here promises to address this very problem. Also, I recall reading last year about a motion put to the council by Conservative Councillors, Siggers and Hempsted asking for 20 minutes free parking in shopping areas. I don't remember all the details but I do remember the Labour/Lib Dems voted against it.
Ah well, here I can help, the last Conservative leaflet delivered around here promises to address this very problem. Also, I recall reading last year about a motion put to the council by Conservative Councillors, Siggers and Hempsted asking for 20 minutes free parking in shopping areas. I don't remember all the details but I do remember the Labour/Lib Dems voted against it. jack de large

2:06pm Wed 28 Apr 10

April Showers says...

Promises. promises! We all know about politicians' promises, jack de large.
Promises. promises! We all know about politicians' promises, jack de large. April Showers

9:14pm Wed 28 Apr 10

Morris Hickey says...

April Showers wrote:
"I have no idea what the Tories will do in the area." Well, woodboy, as the Tory Leader seems to have an inordinate ammount of time on his hands to post comments on this site I would hazard the answer is 'not much'!
When dealing with people like you he's damned if he says something, and damned if he doesn't. Bet your REAL name's Marie Pye!
[quote][p][bold]April Showers[/bold] wrote: "I have no idea what the Tories will do in the area." Well, woodboy, as the Tory Leader seems to have an inordinate ammount of time on his hands to post comments on this site I would hazard the answer is 'not much'![/p][/quote]When dealing with people like you he's damned if he says something, and damned if he doesn't. Bet your REAL name's Marie Pye! Morris Hickey

10:31am Thu 29 Apr 10

April Showers says...

The unkindest cut of all, Morris Hickey!
The unkindest cut of all, Morris Hickey! April Showers

12:35pm Thu 29 Apr 10

jack de large says...

I know this will irritate you "April Showers" but I have done some digging (yes, I know I should get out more, he says rolling his eyes) and a the policy supporting free short-term parking in retail areas has appeared in the local Conservative party manifestoes for the last two terms. They have also put forward two motions supporting this policy. I think it would be hard, if they were in position of power, for the Conservatives in not too follow through with what is for them and important policy. Surely the question should be "why have the Labour/Lib Dem administration constantly voted against this idea?".

I don't know why you find it so hard to accept the idea that there are decent Conservative councillors, I can except there are good Labour councillors, a friend of mine lives in Beulah Road, which is in Hoe Street Ward I think and his family speak very highly of their councillors. As I said before, the problem with this rabid anti-Tory stance is that, there are some good ideas which come out of the Tory party which are ignored or voted out simply because they are Conservative, not because they're bad ideas.
I know this will irritate you "April Showers" but I have done some digging (yes, I know I should get out more, he says rolling his eyes) and a the policy supporting free short-term parking in retail areas has appeared in the local Conservative party manifestoes for the last two terms. They have also put forward two motions supporting this policy. I think it would be hard, if they were in position of power, for the Conservatives in not too follow through with what is for them and important policy. Surely the question should be "why have the Labour/Lib Dem administration constantly voted against this idea?". I don't know why you find it so hard to accept the idea that there are decent Conservative councillors, I can except there are good Labour councillors, a friend of mine lives in Beulah Road, which is in Hoe Street Ward I think and his family speak very highly of their councillors. As I said before, the problem with this rabid anti-Tory stance is that, there are some good ideas which come out of the Tory party which are ignored or voted out simply because they are Conservative, not because they're bad ideas. jack de large

5:48pm Thu 29 Apr 10

April Showers says...

Nice try, jack de large, but nothing will ever convince me to trust the Tories, locally or nationally. I think we must agree to disagree on this one. However, to assume that, in the admittedly highly unlikely event of the Tories gaining power locally, they would stick to their previous pledges on this issue is hopelessly naive. Whatever government is elected, but especially if (heaven forfend!) it's a Tory one, they'll merely wring their hands and plead pressure from central government on local government to maximise income. Plus ca change!
Nice try, jack de large, but nothing will ever convince me to trust the Tories, locally or nationally. I think we must agree to disagree on this one. However, to assume that, in the admittedly highly unlikely event of the Tories gaining power locally, they would stick to their previous pledges on this issue is hopelessly naive. Whatever government is elected, but especially if (heaven forfend!) it's a Tory one, they'll merely wring their hands and plead pressure from central government on local government to maximise income. Plus ca change! April Showers

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