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Hundreds of residents may have to pay to park outside their own home

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 November 2018

Councillor Margaret Mullane is the cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. Pic: Andreas Grieger

Councillor Margaret Mullane is the cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. Pic: Andreas Grieger

Andreas Grieger PHOTOGRAPHER

Hundreds of residents across the borough could soon have pay to park outside their houses under plans to reduce congestion and tackle air pollution.

Under the plans by Barking and Dagenham Council, there will be four zones where households with the most gas-guzzling cars will pay up to £140 for a two-vehicle permit.

Letters have been sent to homes in the 120 affected streets as part of a public consultation.

The council has insisted the proposals are “not about making money”.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We know one of the biggest bugbears for our residents is parking. We want to try and make our borough safer, greener and fairer for everyone by introducing a Controlled Parking Zone.

“This isn’t about making money, it is about listening to our residents, reducing congestion and improving safety on our roads.

“Some people can’t park near their home because drivers use their streets as free car parks, while there have been incidents where the emergency services and our refuse trucks have struggled to get down some roads.”


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