Parking permit costs to rise next month

Parking permits will be more expensive from August

Parking permits will be more expensive from August - Credit: Archant

The cost of parking a second car in Newham will rise to £100 from August 1.

Residential parking zone permits will remain free for the first car at each property, but households with a second vehicle will experience a £30 increase.

Those with a third car will have to pay £200, an increase from £150.

The price of six hourly visitor permits will rise from £10 for 10 permits to £12, with residents able to buy a maximum of 20 permits a month.

Additional permits will be made available for occasions such as weddings and funerals, while residents without cars will still be entitled to 30 free visitor permits a year.

The cost of 10 hour and 24 hour visitor permits have been frozen, with books of five available at £15 and £25 respectively.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning said: “It has been two years since the council last changed the costs for parking permits that are subsiding around a third of the cost of maintaining our streets.

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“Faced with the burden of more harsh and unfair cuts to our budget from the government, we have looked at all services to see where savings can be made so we can protect the things that matter to residents.

“No one likes to see their costs increasing and it is not a decision we have taken lightly.”

The increase in permit cost is expected to provide the council with an extra £400,000, which will be reinvested into maintaining and improving the borough’s roads.

Newham is one of only two London boroughs to provide the first parking permit for free, with almost 23,000 people benefiting from one last year.