Post letters: Controlled Parking Zones and Iceland

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 March 2020

Neighbours in Dagenham have criticised plans to charge them to park outside their homes. Picture: JON KING

Neighbours in Dagenham have criticised plans to charge them to park outside their homes. Picture: JON KING


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Only reasonable that residents should pay to park

Colin Newman, Barking, full address supplied, writes:

In his letter February 19, David Stammers asks why Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) permits can't be free.

The answer is really quite simple. Given that the CPZ service costs money to run, the money has to be raised from somewhere. As it is the residents (and their car borne visitors) who - in theory - benefit from the reduction in parking by non-residents, it seems reasonable that they should pay. To make the service free would in fact mean funding it by taking money away from other services, at a time when they are cut to the bone.

I say in theory because I am aware that there are residents who believe they gain no benefits from CPZs. I am not disputing that in any particular case, but there are residents in the borough who see the benefits of them and wish to keep them.

Mr Stammers also puts in a plea for more free parking. Who is it that is supposed to let people have free use of their land for cars to park on? And this comes at time when Barking and Dagenham Council, like many other local and national authorities, has declared a climate emergency.

Don't get me wrong - I like free stuff, but for some reason Mr Stammers thinks motorists are particularly deserving of free (paid for by someone else) parking.

Council does not make any money from parking fees

Cllr Margaret Mullane, cabinet member, Enforcement and Community Safety, writes:

I write in response to the letter 'Allow residents to park for free near their houses' Post, February 19.

Stamford Road forms part of the Becontree Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), and has been operational since July 1 last year, following consultation with residents, businesses and other stakeholders including community centres and schools.

The decision was taken to introduce the scheme based on improvements to road safety, congestion and air quality in line with the council's approved CPZ decision making criteria which is available on our website.

As part of the wider zone, it is necessary to install parking restrictions outside local shops, so that unrestricted parking is managed, and businesses are not adversely affected.

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Our aim is to encourage a positive turnover of visitors in our shopping hubs, which is why we operate 30 minutes free parking, that in addition to the borough being well served by good transport links.

From October 2021 the mayor of London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is being extended to the Newham/Barking and Dagenham borough boundary from inner London and we envisage roads within the borough will experience an increase in commuter parking from motorists looking to

avoid ULEZ charges by parking in the borough to make use of local transport links.

Roads within the new CPZ area such as Stamford Road are likely to experience this first-hand, given its close proximity to Becontree train station.

Furthermore, the council's permit pricing structure is based on encouraging a reduction in multiple vehicle ownership and high polluting vehicles which impact negatively upon the environment.

We are also helping to ensure traffic congestion and road safety is improved by introducing CPZs where it's safe and accessible to park, which is particularly important around schools and other community hubs.

The council does not make any money out of CPZs. All income derived from on-street parking charges and penalties are ringfenced to cover the cost of parking operations.

We must keep Iceland and Poundland

Elaine Fitt, Thames View Estate, Barking, writes:

I am writing on behalf of my mum and myself in the debate about Iceland than Poundland being made into flats.

My mum is wholly dependent on Iceland for her fortnightly shopping. We take a cab, the food is good and reasonably priced, there is nowhere else my mum can go.

She had a bad experience in Asda on the moving stairs, coming down she had the feeling she was going to fall. No one helped my mum when all the shopping fell out of the trolley, there were no assistants to help and she couldn't find the lift, my mum has not been there since.

My concern is that everywhere is being built on and becoming a concrete city. The buildings block the in the open spaces and we need open spaces, green or otherwise.

I used to buy my knitting wool from Poundland. It is hard to find places that sell wool, apart from Wilko.

We must keep our Iceland and Poundland.

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