Several residents have asked us about the future for the lower ’30p for 30 minutes’ pay-and-display charges, trialled by LibDem Cabinet Member Cllr Shoaib Patel over Christmas. This is because Roding Conservatives are telling residents that “these could be reversed” and are pretending to campaign locally for their continuation.
Unfortunately this is just the latest in a series of Conservative ‘fake campaigns’ in the ward for things that the Council is already working on, or has already agreed to do.
The truth is that the Council’s Cabinet received a report on the parking charge trial on 11 February. The results of the trial were judged very successful, with a lower cost than originally expected. The Cabinet decided that the new lower charges will continue. This was agreed by LibDem and Conservative Cabinet members, with no opposition from any other group on the Council. The suggestion therefore that any campaign or petition is needed to achieve this is, to be polite, misleading.
Meanwhile Cllr Patel continues to work with highways officers to find ways to address the concerns some residents and businesses have expressed about parking and enforcement in Redbridge. Far from ‘reversing’ the new cheaper parking, tonight the Council’s annual budget meeting will consider proposals for a period of free parking at on-street pay-and-display bays from September this year.