Green Street traders hit out at parking restrictions

TRADERS in Green Street claim they have become the latest “victims’’ of controlled parking zones being implemented across the borough.

Business chiefs say customers cannot find a parking space because of the five-month-old Monega CPZ, where parking is by permit-only .

Streets remain deserted for most of the day at the Forest Gate end of the road, say traders.

Dr Jaswir Singh, chair of the Green Street Community Interest Company, said: “If you now go into the CPZ there are lots of spaces. People can’t even pay to park there.’’

Dr Singh added: “The businesses were never consulted on the CPZ. Not being given the opportunity to put our view across is wrong.”

He said there were not even a couple of metered spaces for shoppers to park in.

A petition signed by 93 traders was sent to Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales in June calling for removal of the CPZ. But the business community say they have yet to receive a response.

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“We feel we have already lost some of our business. We can’t afford to lose any more,” said Dr Singh.

But a council spokeswoman said: “Prior to the Monega CPZ, all households and businesses within the zone were consulted.

She added that Cllr Sharaf Mahmood, the Community Lead councillor for the area, had responded to the petition and the matter was discussed at a business meeting in August.

A review of the CPZ is expected in November.