Labour’s third rise in parking charges

20130228_124144Amidst all the headlines today about benefits changes coming into force there will be another change here in Ealing today that will hit all of us in the pocket.

For the third year running Labour will increase parking charges in the borough. For four years the previous Conservative administration froze these charges. The Labour administration has set out to double its income from these charges as a part of its efforts to add £10 million a year to the fees and charges it collects from the public.

From today parking permits in the 2/3 hours zones will be £50. For four years they were £25. They have doubled (100% increase) in three years.

From today parking permits in the all day zones will be £80. For four years they were £45. Again they have almost doubled (78% increase) in three years.

Hourly visitors’ vouchers in the 2/3 hour zones have gone up 50%. They were 40p for four years. Now they are 60p.

It is a lot worse in the all day zones. They used to get 3 hours for 40p. Now it is 60p an hour. A 350% increase. The all day visitor’s vouchers were £1 for four years. They have gone up 350% to £4.50.

These charges far exceed the cost of administering and policing the controlled parking zones. By the time the council has finished it will have at least doubled its income from these charges. In just the first year of Labour’s rises income from parking charges rose 43%.

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