FREE 15-minute parking zones will be introduced in several streets to help boost local business.

The council is planning to change the voucher parking system, where drivers can pay for half-hour or one-hour parking, in several streets in Leyton.

The move has come after residents and traders requested the Controlled Parking Zones on their streets to encourage people to shop locally.

Those affected include: High Road from Church Road to Ruckholt Road, Adelaide Road;, Balmoral Road, Buckingham Road, Dunedin Road and Huxley Road.

They also affect Lyttelton Road, Murchison Road, Osborne Road, St Mary's Road and Sedgewick Road, Sidmouth Road, Tyndall Road and Windsor Road.

Waltham Forest Council's cabinet member for environment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said: "Providing free parking bays for short period will help boost our economy locally and encourage residents to visit their local shops.

"We have reached agreement with the business community in Leyton to part fund free 15-minute parking bays in the area and are waiting for the Department for Transport to agree the format of the signage.”

They are looking at similar schemes in Chingford after traders requested a change in the parking system.

Cllr Loakes added: "With regards the schemes in Chingford we are talking to the community councils regarding Station Road with a view to them providing funding and hope to resolve this issue soon. Chingford Mount is still being discussed.

“Because of the government’s spending cuts we are not going to be able to fund and provide all the services we did in the past but we are determined to try to react to the needs of the community.”

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