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Parking charges to be reintroduced in Havering

Free parking in council car parks on Sundays will remain

Havering Council is expected to reintroduce parking charges to the borough when it meets on Wednesday evening.

The council suspended parking charges during the covid pandemic and will reportedly be one of the last local authorities to resume them. 

It means one-hour free parking for on-street parking pay & display bays will be replaced with a £1.50 charge. 

Residents who use the cashless RingGo app in council car parks will no longer receive a 20 per cent discount as well. 

Councillor Ray Morgon, leader of Havering Council, said: “These covid parking arrangements are a legacy we’ve picked up since the election. If truth be told they should have gone back to the pre-Covid charges in the spring but for whatever reason no action was taken by the previous administration.

“Now business and life has returned to near normal, it’s time to revert back to the pre-pandemic charges.”

Free parking on Sundays will remain in all council car parks and there will be no increase in any charges compared to the period before the pandemic began. 

“We are also aware of the effects the rise in the cost of living will have and we will do what we can to support residents and businesses and the charges for parking will be the same as they were in March 2020,” added Cllr Morgon.

“The decision we hope to make at cabinet is just the start of our focus on parking. We’ll be carrying out a root-and-branch review to make sure that our parking policy keeps the borough moving, supports local economic growth and battles climate change.”

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