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Editor's comment: Councillors should not get free parking permits

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 10 December 2018

The council is proposing introducing 120 more controlled parking zones, meaning residents may have to pay to park outside their own homes. Picture: LBBD

The council is proposing introducing 120 more controlled parking zones, meaning residents may have to pay to park outside their own homes. Picture: LBBD

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I had absolutely no idea that councillors were given free parking permits until Andrew Boff revealed it last week.

A council spokesman said the permits helped councillors ‘visit residents and attend advice surgeries carrying out their jobs’.

So while residents have to pay they can driving around and park wherever they feel without paying a penny.

If this wasn’t bad enough those very councillors are now planning to extend Controlled Parking Zones to a further 120 streets in the borough. This means more residents and visitors will have to pay to park.

They claim it’s to protect the environment and it’s not about making money but if that’s the case why not give the permits to households for FREE or at cost price which I am pretty sure will be considerably less than the proposed £140 charge.

In addition if it is to protect the environment how will charging residents improve it?

Will the council be using the funds raised to improve the environment? If so what will they be implementing to tackle air pollution?

Recently the Post revealed Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust made £841,000 last year from charging its own staff to park at work.

We are talking about doctors and nurses who save lives every day so why is it free for councillors?

The council should be discouraging councillors from driving by NOT giving them free parking permits and should be pushing them to walk or take public transport to help the environment.

This stinks of hypocrisy.

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