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Celebrations after decision not to introduce CPZs in Barking streets

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 May 2013 | UPDATED: 18:03 13 May 2013

Local residents last year with a petition against the CPZs

Local residents last year with a petition against the CPZs

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Residents are celebrating after the council dropped plans to introduce control parking zones (CPZs) in a number of residential streets.

The authority was due to implement CPZs in 13 streets on August 1 last year but suspended plans after an independent survey showed more than 100 people opposed the charges.

A public consultation was held and views from residents, businesses and councillors were taken into account.

Last week residents received a letter explaining that the zones would not be implemented in 12 streets.

It will however be introduced in Harrow Road from June 1.

Terence Harding, 60, of Devon Road, was delighted with the decision.

“This is a major victory for us,” he said. “So many of us did not want CPZs. Why should we have to pay to park in our own streets? I don’t have a car but I don’t want to pay for visitors and there are also elderly people whose carers visit. They shouldn’t have to pay either.”

Mr Harding said that he feared people living in or visiting neighbouring Harrow Road would now park in those streets with no parking zones.

‘Views’

A council spokesman said: “Following the consultation it was clear that a majority of residents in these streets did not want a controlled parking zone introduced.

“We have therefore listened to the views of those residents and will not be introducing CPZs in these roads.”

The council had to refund dozens of motorists who applied for permits before the suspension was put in place.

The streets that will not receive a CPZ for at least six years are: Devon Road, Blake Avenue, Devon Way, Eastbury Avenue, Eastbury Square, Mayesbrook Road, Mellish Close, Pelham Avenue, Ripple Road, Sisley Road, Sterry Road and Tudor Road.


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