Campaign against parking proposals gathers pace

Croydon residents could be stung for thousands of pounds in extra charges and fines each year just for parking their own cars in their own streets, under the latest money-making proposals from David Cameron’s crazy council.

But a residents’ group is launching a fight back, and it is calling for public support to match a campaign which overturned similar proposals in 2002.

Croydon Council has already decided it is going to hike annual parking permit charges by 45 percent, from £48 to £70.

Now, Croydon’s ruling Tories want to have parking stormtroopers patrolling our streets in the hours before midnight, primed to slap parking tickets on our cars to raise fines of up to £80 a time, as they seek to extend the parking restriction hours on weekdays from the present 9am to 5pm on weekdays to 8am until midnight seven days a week.

With parking bays often full in the areas around central Croydon – North, South, West, East Inner and East Outer – such proposals could see residents paying £1.10 per hour just to park their car near their home, or risk incurring a ticket and massive fine. The proposals would also prevent friends, family and other visitors in evenings and weekends from being able to park freely in residential streets.

The money-making proposals could see Croydon Council breaking the law which strictly prohibits local authorities from using parking charges or speeding fines as a means of revenue generation.

“It is clearly a money-raising tactic,” said Councillor Alison Butler, the Labour spokeswoman for Streets and Environment said. “This is going to hit people in the pocket very hard.”

The snazzily titled CRAPP – or Croydon Residents Against Parking Plans – launched a campaign website at http://croydoncouncil.com/ offering news and details about the campaign.

They are calling on everyone likely to be affected by the charges to write to Croydon Council, and they provide a standard protest letter for people to download or print off.

  • Complaints about the proposals have to be with Croydon Council by February 4 – so make sure you visit the website and join the campaign.
  • And click here for links to the ever-so-obscure Croydon Council e-petition, to sign on and register your opposition to the changes.
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