PERMIT parking looks set to be introduced at the Waltham Forest Town Hall complex.

The council says too many unauthorised motorists park at the site and that a pay and display system could help generate extra revenue to help it cope with cuts in Government funding.

It is proposed that staff will be given permits while members and chief officers will have to pay a £50 annual charge.

Pay and display parking for visitors will cost £1 per hour, or £5 for the entire day between 7am and 6pm.

Overnight parking between 6pm and 7am will cost £2.

The authority reckons it could generate as much £52,625 a year in extra revenue.

However in the next nine months an extra 100 to 150 council staff are expected to be relocated to the town hall, which is in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

The authority says this could limit the number of free spaces and potential revenue made from visitors.

The changes, if approved at a cabinet meeting next week, will come into force in September.

Those who have already made bookingsfor events at Walthamstow Assembly Hall between September and March 2012 will be offered "limited" free parking, the council says.

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