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Dagenham residents oppose plans for controlled parking zones

A controlled parking zone could be introduced into four areas of Barking and Dagenham (Credit: Google)

A group of residents have teamed up to oppose the introduction of a controlled parking zone in the Heath ward in Dagenham.

Barking and Dagenham Council wants to introduce four zones in the Chadwell Heath, Eastbrook and Heath wards. Only people who live in the zones will be able to apply for a permit to park in them between set hours of the day.

The council says the zones will reduce traffic congestion, improve road safety outside of schools and enhance air quality.

Vicki Blake, who lives in the Heath ward, started a petition opposing the scheme. She described it as a “money making” project.

“We have never had an issue in our area with parking, we are not near a train station or a school so this is purely money making for LBBD council,” reads her petition.

“We already pay road tax & council tax so why should we now have to pay to park outside our houses/flats.”

A table showing the prices of permits (Credit: LBBD)

Local residents have until tomorrow to reply to one of the online consultations on the proposals.

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas, said he had been contacted by many local people who were struggling to access the four surveys.

“It is my job to make sure that I fully understand the views of local people and that appropriate action is taken to make sure they are fully represented,” said Mr Cruddas.

“Residents must have their say. I therefore encourage all my constituents who are eligible to have their say in the proposed Controlled Parking Zone scheme.”

People can respond to the online consultation for the Heath ward here.

The Chadwell Heath consultation can be accessed here.

The Eastbrook consultation can be accessed here.

The Eastbrook and Rushgreen consultation can be accessed here.

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