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Labour axe car parking charges at Seven Kings and Goodmayes Parks

stx-Parking-Meter2.jpgDeputy Leader announces move after data reveals that car parking scheme makes a loss for taxpayers

Car parking charges at Seven Kings Park and Goodmayes Park are being scrapped, the Deputy Leader of the Council has announced.

The move was agreed after a review by Vision – the Council’s leisure contractor – revealed that Seven Kings Park generated parking income of just £1,069.25 and Goodmayes Park just £392.55 in 2013/14. This level of income does not cover the cost of maintaining machines and enforcing parking restrictions.

Cllr Wes Streeting, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“Under the previous administration, residents were effectively subsidising loss-making car parks at Goodmayes Park and Seven Kings Park. This is a poor use of taxpayers’ money. I have therefore taken the decision to cease enforcement at Seven Kings and Goodmayes Parks to provide a fairer deal for park users and for taxpayers. 

“I am confident that the other parking schemes at our parks are operating effectively, but we will keep things under review to make sure that the parking schemes we have in place are based on evidence and genuine need.”

Cllr Kam Rai (Labour, Goodmayes Ward) said:

“This is a good decision and welcome news for users of Goodmayes Park and Seven Kings Park. We shouldn’t be charging residents unnecessarily for car parking and we definitely shouldn’t be doing so at a loss.”

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