LEYTON: Parking changes to be introduced to boost economy

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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12:52pm Fri 29 Oct 10

md-j says...

Is this a first? LBWF recognising that its policies have suppressed business?
What funding is needed? A little metal sign on each post, that's all, which should be funded by the parking management company. The increased business should be the source of any funding: this retreat from idiocy may save many businesses from going under.
Is this a first? LBWF recognising that its policies have suppressed business? What funding is needed? A little metal sign on each post, that's all, which should be funded by the parking management company. The increased business should be the source of any funding: this retreat from idiocy may save many businesses from going under. md-j
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2:19pm Fri 29 Oct 10

Sam Hain says...

Just enough time to grab and consume a greasy chicken meal before driving off, throwing the box and bones into the gutter.
Just enough time to grab and consume a greasy chicken meal before driving off, throwing the box and bones into the gutter. Sam Hain
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1:20pm Sat 30 Oct 10

Redbridge Bill says...

Has free parking been proven to benefit local shops as the councillor claims?

"Providing free parking bays for short period will help boost our economy locally and encourage residents to visit their local shops."

If the people are local why would they not walk to the shops? Their legs aren't painted on.
Has free parking been proven to benefit local shops as the councillor claims? "Providing free parking bays for short period will help boost our economy locally and encourage residents to visit their local shops." If the people are local why would they not walk to the shops? Their legs aren't painted on. Redbridge Bill
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10:06am Mon 1 Nov 10

mr rusty says...

"Has free parking been proven to benefit local shops as the councillor claims?".........wel
l of course it will!! It'll help catch the passing trade which many small shops rely on. The current system whereby you need to buy a voucher is offputting in that first you need to find a shop selling the vouchers, hope there isn't someone in the shop already being served....time's ticking, is there a warden about?....and then leg it back to your car or van to put it in the window before a hidden warden pops out and slaps on a ticket.
"Has free parking been proven to benefit local shops as the councillor claims?".........wel l of course it will!! It'll help catch the passing trade which many small shops rely on. The current system whereby you need to buy a voucher is offputting in that first you need to find a shop selling the vouchers, hope there isn't someone in the shop already being served....time's ticking, is there a warden about?....and then leg it back to your car or van to put it in the window before a hidden warden pops out and slaps on a ticket. mr rusty
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2:30pm Mon 1 Nov 10

Pamella says...

why do all these things need discussions with this group and that group? just do it!
why do all these things need discussions with this group and that group? just do it! Pamella
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