The Parking Service will be undertaking an extensive consultation with Brent’s residents, schools, traders and businesses about proposed changes to parking charges and the management of on-street parking in Controlled Parking Zones.
The consultation will be open for 4 weeks, commencing 13th April to 10th May 2016.
There are 40 CPZs in the borough, with 33,000 on-street parking places serving 56,000 households. Currently all households are eligible for up to three parking permits for their own vehicles and unlimited visitor permits. With such pressure on demand, the transportation team are working with residents and businesses to shape a new approach to manage demand for parking spaces and encourage people to use more sustainable transport wherever possible.
The primary aim is to manage high levels of demand for parking spaces, whilst improving road safety, reducing air pollution and carbon emissions, and supporting local businesses. A key aim is to help residents to park near to their homes.
The items that are being consulted on are;
- freezing charges in pay and display bays across the borough
- a new scheme of charges for visitor parking in Controlled Parking Zones
- a proposal to cap the availability of visitor permits
- withdrawing the Visitor Household Permit offer
- introducing a new permit for residents who need care and support
- revising schools’ permits to encourage staff to minimise their parking impact and encourage better school travel planning
- a proposal to limit residents’ permits to a maximum of two per household
- simplifying the emissions-based charging scheme for residents’ permits, with increased charges for cars that create more air pollution
- introducing a new trader permit which could help local businesses such as plumbers, electricians and other building trades
- introducing a £25 supplement for diesel vehicles to reflect their recognised impact on air pollution
- introducing a minimum permit charge of £25 for all vehicle types
- reducing the permitted size of vehicles eligible for resident permits by introducing a weight limit of 3.5 tonnes.
Alongside the consultation there will be a number of workshops and meeting with residents, schools and businesses to hear their views.
There are no proposals on the boundaries and times of operation for our CPZs, but there is a commitment to do so in the near future.
You can access the consultation via the following LINK