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Way Forward for Parking in Waltham Forest Confirmed

Waltham Forest Council has confirmed details of its new parking
plan, which will ensure that the borough continues to provide some of the best
and highest levels of flexible town centre parking in London.

 A number of changes have been made to the Traffic Management
Orders (TMOs) in response to feedback received from residents and businesses
during a consultation period that took place during March 2016.

 The changes were approved by Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and
Cabinet Member for Environment at a meeting on Thursday 23 June.

 Cllr Clyde Loakes said: “Our new parking plan ensures that we
offer some of the most relaxed and generous parking provision across London. We
have listened to the concerns of residents and businesses who value being able
to park in our town centres to visit shops and carry out other errands.

 “The new plan is designed to respond to the parking challenges
that some of our residents, businesses and visitors face when visiting our town
centres while continuing to offer a service that gives good value for money. In
talking to local businesses it is very clear that the free 15 minutes that this
administration introduced some years ago has proved very popular indeed."

 The Council will retain the 15 minutes of free parking that it
offers in PayByPhone (voucher) bays across the borough. This is in addition to
the Government’s own 10 minute grace period.

The Council will also introduce a free one hour of parking between 1pm and 2pm in all cashless ‘pay
by phone’ (voucher) on-street parking spaces throughout the borough.

 Whilst most parking bays across London are enforced from 8am to 6.30pm, parking bays in
Waltham Forest will continue to provide two hours of free parking in the
morning from 8am to 10am
, and over two hours of
free parking in the early evening from 4pm to 6.30pm.

 Cllr Loakes also confirmed that Waltham Forest will continue to
provide 30 hours of free visitor parking permits to parents of new born babies
and residents over the age of 60, who live in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs).
Waltham Forest is the only London borough to offer this to its residents.

 In response to feedback from residents and businesses the
Council’s proposals has also reduce the price increase for paper towns centre
visitor vouchers. The new price for an hour voucher will be £2.40, not £2.50 as
originally proposed, and the new price for a 30 minute voucher £1.25, not £1.35
as proposed previously.

 A proposed ‘cut off point’ when the Council will stop providing
paper visitor vouchers in town centre will now not be taken forward. Instead
the Council will ensure that appropriate support is provided to residents to
start using the PayByPhone service, through its Assisted Digital Programme. For
those residents who prefer not to use PayByPhone, the PayPoint service will
continue to be available.

 Following the consultation the Council has also reduced the price
increase for CPZ visitor permits, which will now cost 50p per hour, not 60p as
previously proposed.

 Cllr Loakes added: “Whether you are a resident, business or
visitor to the borough we want you to be able to enjoy your time here. That’s
why we have listened to feedback from residents and businesses and updated our
proposals so that we continue to support our town centres."

 Full details of the new TMOs will be published in Waltham Forest
News and on the Council website.


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