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Bexley residents to pay more to park...at home

PUBLISHED: 10:44 24 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 September 2010

Residents will have to pay more to park outside their own homes after permit prices are set to rise.

Bexley council has proposed increasing the cost of parking permits from £90 to £120 next year.

Council bosses claim this is due to a £330,000 shortfall needed to fund the provision and enforcing of the controlled parking zones (CPZ).

Transport councillor Peter Craske said: “Without controlled parking zones the streets they cover would be full of parked cars, making parking for the residents who live there difficult to say the least.

“We don’t want our borough’s roads to become car parks for commuters and shoppers. The council provides safe, good-value pay and display car parks for this.

“As all other councils, the London Borough of Bexley is having to take a really good look at the money it spends on providing services and we need to put up the cost of residents’ parking permits, because the cash is not there to subsidise this particular service.”

CPZs stop non-residents parking cars outside people’s homes and help ensure spaces are available when residents need them.

Until August this year, Bexley council charged residents living in most CPZs £35 a year, the equivalent of 67 pence a week for a permit to park.

But last August (10), it rose to £70 a year to help cover the shortfall for providing and enforcing CPZs.

A £60 residents parking permit rose to £90 in August and is proposed to rise to £120 next year.

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