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Parking on Gabriel St, Grierson Rd, Lessing St etc
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25-09-2010 12:29 PM

The problem with any parking restriction is that it affects local residents who have to park somewhere. Therefore, if you implement parking restrictions over an area, you have to implement a CPZ - which must be self financing. The cost of the permit is affected by the costs of running the scheme, offset by any revenue from Pay and Display parking and fines; the shorter the Pay and Display period, the higher the cost of the Resident's permit.

The residents in the CPZ around Herne Hill finally persuaded Southwark Council to make the zone operational from noon-2pm, Mon-Fri, but at the cost of increased permit fees. wrote:
Residents' permits

Residents living within one of the borough's Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) can buy a resident parking permit, if their vehicle is registered at their address within the CPZ.

You can apply for a residents' permit for the parking zone where you live. The permit entitles you to park in any residents' bay in your parking zone.

Residents' permits cost 60 a year or 24 for three months.

Residents with more than one vehicle registered to their address can put up to two vehicles on their permit at no extra charge. However, only one vehicle can use the permit at a time.

The charges explained

The Secretary of State requires that we charge for permits (the zone must be self-financing) but Lewisham keeps the permit cost as low as possible.

At present there is no upper limit on how many permits a resident can purchase, providing they meet the criteria set out above.

People occasionally comment that they have paid their road tax, and ask why they should have to pay again to park outside their own house. In fact we each have an equal right to use the road; it is a public highway. When you buy a permit, you are paying to exclude other users during the CPZ operating times, usually commuters.

However, do CPZs actually solve the problem, or simply shift the commuters to someone else's street?

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RE: Parking on Gabriel St, Grierson Rd, Lessing St etc - NewForester - 25-09-2010 12:29 PM

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