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Council to Consult on Parking Strategy

Residents and businesses will be able to have their say on Waltham Forest Council’s proposed new parking strategy when a consultation goes live on Monday 7 March.

This was confirmed at a meeting yesterday (25 February) where Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, approved the Traffic Management Order (TMO) notice which details the proposed changes.

The TMO includes a proposal to retain the ‘Pop and Shop’ 15 minutes of free parking in PayByPhone (voucher) bays across the borough. This was pioneered by Waltham Forest Council a number of years ago in order to allow people to park for free in town centres for a short period of time.

However, this was severely compromised by the Government’s introduction of its own 10 minute grace period which applies to all Councils regardless of local schemes they already have in place.

In response to this the Council is proposing to reduce its own period of free parking down to five minutes, which when topped up the Government’s 10 grace period means the ‘Pop and Shop’ 15 minutes of free parking remains in place.

Cllr Loakes said: “The beauty of the popular system we introduced is that it allows a high turnover of those shoppers who arrive in our town centres by car, and gives people enough time to pop into shops for a few staples. We have been keen to ensure that this is maintained.

“Residents will now have the opportunity to comment on the way forward and the new strategy, and the extended 28-day consultation period will ensure that everyone is able to have their say.”

The consultation will also include a number of other proposed parking changes, including plans to provide an additional free one hour of parking between 1pm and 2pm in all cashless ‘pay by phone’ (voucher) on-street parking spaces throughout the borough.

The results of the consultation will be reported at a Scrutiny meeting prior to the TMOs being finalised.

1 – The consultation will be open from Monday 7 March to Sunday 3 April.

2 – Details of the consultation will be available in Waltham Forest News (7 March Issue) and the Council website.

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