A council has taken a year to implement a new parking scheme – and those living nearby are frustrated by the slow progress.

Residents of Harts Grove estate in Woodford Green took part in a Redbridge Council consultation in August last year for plans to introduce permit parking in their area.

85 per cent of respondents to that consultation voted in favour of the plans. But a year later, the proposals are still yet to be fully implemented.

One resident who lives in the estate and who wishes to remain anonymous, described the delay as “unacceptable”.

He said: “We are still waiting. To date there is no firm implementation date.

“The unacceptable delay is leading to anger and frustration within the community and the authority have been warned of such.

“I have contacts and sources within the local authority, including councillors, and the reasons given for the delays are interesting.”

The new scheme was meant to be rolled out by year end last year.

It would have ensured only those with permits were able to park on the estate, guaranteeing parking for residents and ensuring those commuting from outside the borough were unable to take up spaces.

A council spokesperson said: “Parking controls play a huge part in keeping roads safe and clear, as well as prioritising parking for local people. We apologise for the delay and we can confirm that this scheme will be in place by mid-September.

“Residents will receive a letter next week about how they can log onto the website and apply for their permits. The letter will also direct them to any further questions they may have about their applications.”