Sunday, November 30, 2008

Coming soon……..

a Controlled Parking Zone sign......... to a street near you?

Guest post from Morris Hickey

As part of the Redbridge “Conversation” various funding options were offered. One that seemed to find favour with a “large” number of the 5,000 respondents (there are about 250,000 residents in Redbridge!) was to increase the council’s income from parking charges.


At the council’s cabinet meeting on 4 November, when a report on the outcome of the “Conversation” was considered, an impassioned and well-reasoned plea was made by Councillor Jim O’Shea, a local businessman and former cabinet member, to recognise that there was a limit to the level to which parking charges could be imposed before they would have a serious impact on local trading conditions that were already difficult enough in the current economic conditions.

To the astonishment of almost everybody present, the response came that the increased income would not be met simply from increased charges, but that part of the increase would come from levying charges in places where parking is currently free of charge.

This is a return to a proposal in the council’s 2008 budget that appeared to have died in relation to the shopping parade in Manford Way on the Hainault Estate. The principle that underpins the justification for controlling parking by charging is that of rationing space where the demand exceeds the supply. That is clearly not the case in places like Manford Way, and the imposition of charges is therefore little short of a rip-off to extract still more money from motorists. It could happen in your local shopping parade, or even in the street where you live.

Keep a close watch on the council’s budget proposals as they develop in the period to the end of February 2009. Be sure to attend your Area Committee meetings in this period when the council will be “consulting” on its budget proposals. Write to your councillors NOW. [See link to councillors in side bar].

DO NOT LET THE COUNCIL GET AWAY WITH TURNING YOUR BOROUGH INTO ONE HUGE CONTROLLED PARKING ZONE FOR WHICH YOU WILL PAY – THROUGH THE NOSE.

1 comment:

  1. When it comes to money, nothing 'dies'.

    It would appear 'schemes' are merely 'shelved' until a 'consultaion' is held to garner opinion and support to errect such dead schemes

    Just one year ago, over 1860 local residents signed a petition AGAINST Pay & Display in Manford Way.

    Local councillors are well aware of public feelng in this matter, and must be urged to resist Pay & Display.

    As if the local traders haven't got it hard enough.

    I forsee many empty retail units in the months ahead, already traders are saying that the recent parking restrictions are affecting trade, and yes these are council owned retail units.

    Traders have complained that the parking restrictions are affecting their businesses, the reply from the council..."everyone is reporting a drop in trade"

    My local Fish & Chip shop has been trading for over 40 years, the parking restrictions, paid for by TfL are affecting their business.

    You can only squeeze something so hard before the pips start to squeek....

    Newbie

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