Town Centres Targeted as Car Parking Charges Set to Rocket
As part of the budget setting for next year, the local conservative councillors are proposing draconian increases in parking charges as well as taking away the free 30 minutes from Upminster and Hornchurch.
Among the proposed changes are:
- Free 30 minutes removed from Upminster & Hornchurch but retained in other parts of the borough
- Charge of £1.50 for one hour and £2.50 for two hours (was £1.50 for two hours)
- A flat fee of £1.50 to park on a Sunday (was free)
- Upminster Park – a charge of £1.50 for one hour, £2.50 for two hours rising to £5.50 for 5 hours with a flat fee of £1.50 on a Sunday, whether you are there for 5 minutes or 5 hours
In addition, resident parking permit schemes are being proposed in a 1km zone around town centres, including Upminster.
Our High Streets already face enormous challenges with business rates, rents and on-line competition. 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.
However, the Residents’ Association will be proposing an alternative budget which will focus on sustainability, fairness and common sense while staying within resources available.
The conservative proposals, which will be placed before the full Council on 27th February, are part of the 2019/20 budget which will see Council Tax increase by an overall 4.3% (including the Mayor of London precept).
The budget report can be viewed here .
The full schedule of car parking charges can be viewed here (towards end of document).