Proposed ‘Controlled Parking Zone’ for Upminster and Cranham
It has already been highlighted that at February’s Council Budget Meeting that the Conservatives who currently control the Council voted to take away the 30 minute free parking period from Hornchurch and Upminster Car Parks and increase other car parking charges substantially. Your local Residents Association Councillors (and most other non-Conservative members) voted against this.
However, at the same meeting the Conservatives also voted to impose ten residents and visitors parking parking permit areas, known as Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ). One of these zones is proposed to cover parts of Cranham and Upminster up to 1km from the station.
What will this mean to local residents?
*To be able to park your car in your road you will need to purchase a parking permit each year. The costs of permits are currently £35 for the first vehicle, £60 for the second and £85 for any further vehicles.
*If you are inside a CPZ area and wish to enable any visitors to park, you will also need to purchase Visitor’s Parking Permits, which currently cost £13 for a book of ten 4- hour permits.
*Local businesses will be able to purchase business vehicle permits at a higher rate.
*Having a parking permit will NOT guarantee you a parking place near your home.
The Conservatives say this will deter commuters from parking near to railway stations. However, as we know, there are already a wide range of roads around Upminster Station that have parking restrictions in place.
A consultation exercise is due to take place in the future, but it has been made clear to councillors that this will NOT mean that they can prevent a CPZ zone being introduced.
Your Residents’ Association councillors are naturally sceptical that the real reason for introducing CPZs in so many areas has more to do with raising extra money for the council rather than reducing parking problems. We will continue to monitor the proposal for Upminster and Cranham and highlight any concerns raised by residents and businesses.