Havering Council have approved a proposal to increase car park costs across Havering. Proposals include:
- Remove the free 30-minute parking from Upminster, Hornchurch and Elm Park.
- Increase charges from £1.50 for two hours to £2 for one hour.
- Introduce a flat £1.50 charge to park on Sundays.
- Introduce a Residents Only Parking scheme in a 1km zone around town centres
- Charge those on Council Tax Support 25% of Council Tax rather than the current 15%, with disabled claimants increased to 20%
Havering say that these changes are to Budget cuts are to bridge a £37.8m funding gap.
Cllr Clarence Barrett has published articles in both the Romford recorder and the latest bulletin stating that this goes against recent studies showing that car parking heavenly affects where people shop:
These incredibly damaging proposals will be enough to deter any would be shopper and demonstrates an astonishing lack of understanding or empathy in local economies.
We shall work hard over the coming months to unpick this poorly constructed budget and present an alternative which will focus on sustainability, fairness and common sense.
The proposals have been approved by the Conservative cabinet, but will need to be approved by the whole Council in late February to become effective. We will be working hard to get these ridiculous and damaging proposals rejected.
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