Highbury Liberal Democrats have been flooded with complaints from local residents and businesses about the Council’s plans to increase controlled parking hours in the area to 9pm, for seven days a week, and have set up a petition against this here.
There are also proposals to increase parking times for most of the rest of the borough. The added hours of parking control will make it harder for Islington residents to get around and visit the borough’s shops, pubs, restaurants and theatres.
No proper justification has been given by the Council for the changes. Along with residents and local businesses local Lib Dems are concerned that the Council thinks parking controls are a way to make money out of residents, visitors and businesses, seeing them as “cash cows.”
The Labour controlled Council has raised parking charges time and time again. Under the Lib Dems, residents’ parking permits were frozen for over four years and other charges were kept affordable. The Lib Dems also introduced free parking in the run up to Christmas for shoppers and free visitor permits for friends and relatives during the festive session.
The Lib Dems also consulted with local residents about how they wanted parking to be controlled, and listened to the views of local residents, allowing different areas to choose different times for controlled parking, reflecting local needs.
However since Labour took control, parking permits have become some of the most expensive in London. The dearest residential permit is £444 a year – £179 more than the equivalent in Hackney. We have the highest permit price in the capital according to the Islington Gazette.
Local Lib Dems have set up a Petition to show opposition to the plans to increase parking control in Highbury.
You can sign it here.