WALTHAM FOREST: Permit parking plan for town hall

WALTHAM FOREST: Permit parking plan for town hall

WALTHAM FOREST: Permit parking plan for town hall

First published in Your Local Areas East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

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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3:58pm Thu 7 Jul 11

RayJay says...

Where will visitors to the town hall park then?
As it stands now, visitors to the town hall are already directed to park in Aveling Park Rd, Marten Rd & Evesham Rd, as these are the closest with no parking restrictions, causing real problems to the residents of those roads.
These are also the roads closest to LLoyds Park without restrictions.
The only thing this council sees is a revenue stream.
The councils war on cars is a joke!!!!!
Where will visitors to the town hall park then? As it stands now, visitors to the town hall are already directed to park in Aveling Park Rd, Marten Rd & Evesham Rd, as these are the closest with no parking restrictions, causing real problems to the residents of those roads. These are also the roads closest to LLoyds Park without restrictions. The only thing this council sees is a revenue stream. The councils war on cars is a joke!!!!! RayJay
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5:41pm Thu 7 Jul 11

Spoons1972 says...

Well said RayJay.
Well said RayJay. Spoons1972
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6:31pm Thu 7 Jul 11

mdj says...

'It is proposed that staff will be given permits while members and chief officers will have to pay a £50 annual charge...'
The excellent, irascible local blog crapwalthamforest covered in detail the Council's poor management of its parking regime and its 'grey fleet'. Making allowance for those staff who genuinely need to make repeated, random journeys during the working day (and could there not be a Streetcar pool for these?), surely there must be a large number who do not need the privilege of free daytime parking, a privilege many nearby residents would envy. Do we have figures for how many Town Hall staff commute from outside the Borough? Does the Council try to prioritise in any way employing staff who live, vote and pay taxes locally? The old principle,'Le Patron Mange Ici' is relevant here.
'It is proposed that staff will be given permits while members and chief officers will have to pay a £50 annual charge...' The excellent, irascible local blog crapwalthamforest covered in detail the Council's poor management of its parking regime and its 'grey fleet'. Making allowance for those staff who genuinely need to make repeated, random journeys during the working day (and could there not be a Streetcar pool for these?), surely there must be a large number who do not need the privilege of free daytime parking, a privilege many nearby residents would envy. Do we have figures for how many Town Hall staff commute from outside the Borough? Does the Council try to prioritise in any way employing staff who live, vote and pay taxes locally? The old principle,'Le Patron Mange Ici' is relevant here. mdj
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8:18pm Thu 7 Jul 11

E17hoop says...

"As it stands now, visitors to the town hall are already directed to park in Aveling Park Rd, Marten Rd & Evesham Rd, as these are the closest with no parking restrictions, causing real problems to the residents of those roads."

Same as the roads near Silver Birch House - the staff roll up in cars from all over the place, park for the day in the roads past St Andrews because of no parking restrictions, and disappear in the evening. No problem if you're out all day; a nightmare for part time workers wanting to park near their homes.
"As it stands now, visitors to the town hall are already directed to park in Aveling Park Rd, Marten Rd & Evesham Rd, as these are the closest with no parking restrictions, causing real problems to the residents of those roads." Same as the roads near Silver Birch House - the staff roll up in cars from all over the place, park for the day in the roads past St Andrews because of no parking restrictions, and disappear in the evening. No problem if you're out all day; a nightmare for part time workers wanting to park near their homes. E17hoop
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1:09am Fri 8 Jul 11

RayJay says...

With full respect to mdj and E17hoop I do not speak French, nor know what Silver Birch House is.
What I do know is that a town relies on it's transport system for the arteries to keep economic, social and cultural activities alive.
In my opinion this borough, for many years, has choked those arteries through poor planning, management and control.
At the lowest level of transport, walking, residents of the borough are afraid to walk the streets.
At the next level, public transport, the costs and time it takes to travel small distances have become prohibitive unless you are a pensioner or a student.
So this has left the majority of residents in the borough with one option, the car (yes I know cycling is another option but for how many is this practicable?).
With this in mind the council should outlook what needs to be done to keep the boroughs arteries open to keep economic, social and cultural activities alive.
However what the council has done, it has introduced constraints and fees which have restricted the use of cars and strangled the life blood of the borough.
Ask businesses that have left! Ask about cinemas and theatres that have shut! Ask about cultural and recreational facilities that aren't used!
What has caused there demise?
IMO it is the councils anti private vehicle dogma that is killing this borough.
I apologise for this rant but when I read that "The authority reckons it could generate as much £52,625 a year in extra revenue." I ask myself who from, and what are the costs and downsides to the borough.
My plea to the council is to re-open the arteries within the borough, make the streets safer, improve public transport and reaise that private vehicles are an essential "evil" to keep this borough alive.
With full respect to mdj and E17hoop I do not speak French, nor know what Silver Birch House is. What I do know is that a town relies on it's transport system for the arteries to keep economic, social and cultural activities alive. In my opinion this borough, for many years, has choked those arteries through poor planning, management and control. At the lowest level of transport, walking, residents of the borough are afraid to walk the streets. At the next level, public transport, the costs and time it takes to travel small distances have become prohibitive unless you are a pensioner or a student. So this has left the majority of residents in the borough with one option, the car (yes I know cycling is another option but for how many is this practicable?). With this in mind the council should outlook what needs to be done to keep the boroughs arteries open to keep economic, social and cultural activities alive. However what the council has done, it has introduced constraints and fees which have restricted the use of cars and strangled the life blood of the borough. Ask businesses that have left! Ask about cinemas and theatres that have shut! Ask about cultural and recreational facilities that aren't used! What has caused there demise? IMO it is the councils anti private vehicle dogma that is killing this borough. I apologise for this rant but when I read that "The authority reckons it could generate as much £52,625 a year in extra revenue." I ask myself who from, and what are the costs and downsides to the borough. My plea to the council is to re-open the arteries within the borough, make the streets safer, improve public transport and reaise that private vehicles are an essential "evil" to keep this borough alive. RayJay
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7:44am Fri 8 Jul 11

AvidLondonReader says...

It won't make a penny from me anymore. I got rid of my car, no longer have to pay insurance, parking permit, car tax or petrol. I'm around a thousand pound a year better off for it. I'm just making more use of my Oyster card now which I had anyway. Two others in my street have done the same so I guess revenues are going down for WF.
It won't make a penny from me anymore. I got rid of my car, no longer have to pay insurance, parking permit, car tax or petrol. I'm around a thousand pound a year better off for it. I'm just making more use of my Oyster card now which I had anyway. Two others in my street have done the same so I guess revenues are going down for WF. AvidLondonReader
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