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Bonkers Blog July 2013

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12 July (Part 1) - More expensive parking

Abbey RoadThe first Crossrail related assault on motorists’ pockets has been announced. The number of exclusive residents’ parking bays in Abbey Road and New Road to the south of the railway, and Overton and Sydney Roads to the north will be reduced thereby risking a scramble for the £100 a year parking bays at some times of the day. They will become ’shared use’ and paid by phone or machine at a flat rate price of £3.80.

In Rushdene and Sedgemere Roads the same will apply except that payment will be by phone only, thereby breaking Bexley council’s promise to extend payment methods following the poor adoption rates and acknowledged unpopularity of phone parking. (†)

The charges will apply from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and some residents should expect to come home in future to find a commuter’s car parked outside their house. Exactly the sort of value you would expect Bexley council to provide for £100 a year.

† As reported at the Public Realm meeting last month.


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