Parking Changes in Brent

Changes to the way on-street parking permits in Controlled Parking Zones are managed in Brent have been agreed by Cabinet.

In April and May of this year, a major public consultation took place to seek the views of Brent residents on suggested reforms to on-street parking around the borough.

These changes will help manage the high demand for on-street parking, reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety, provide convenient and affordable parking for visitors and businesses, and enable more residents to park near their homes.

Having taken on board feedback from well over 3,000 residents, the proposals put to the council’s Cabinet included recommendations to freeze Pay & Display charges borough-wide, safeguard the popular Visitor Household permit to assist residents requiring care and support, and introduce a new daily permit for local businesses – allowing them to park anywhere in Brent whilst making deliveries or carrying out building work.

Plans to support school parking have also been agreed, aiming to assist local schools to recruit and retain key staff.

In order to give owners of diesel vehicles enough time to respond to recent revelations about increased pollution risk, Cabinet agreed to delay introduction of a pollution surcharge for diesel car permits until October 2018.

Other agreed changes include plans to simplify the resident parking permit scheme to provide a clearer incentive to switch to lower-emission vehicles, and to increase visitor charges for stays of longer than 2 hours, in order to contain the very high demand for parking spaces across the borough.

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“I’m really grateful to everyone who took part in this consultation, which is the first time we’ve looked at parking permit arrangements in a comprehensive way. Residents made it clear that they want to see the council better manage our limited parking spaces. Whilst I understand that increasing charges is never popular, I believe that these changes give us a real opportunity to tackle the huge demand for parking across the borough.”

“These changes also make clear our commitment to work closely with residents, businesses and schools to encourage more sustainable transport wherever possible, keep traffic moving and take steps to improve air quality and reduce our carbon footprint.

“We’re committed to making Brent a borough that is accessible for everyone and this includes ensuring that residents and their visitors can find a parking space when they need one.”

Remembering Jo Cox MP

We’re all still coming to terms with the tragic death of Jo Cox this week. I’ve been lucky enough to have met Jo and her husband and my thoughts are with him and their children at this awful time. I think Jonathan Freedland said it well when he wrote that “if you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, eventually somebody will get sick”.

In my six years of experience as a local Councillor I’ve seen members from all parties work hard to represent and improve their communities. Yet I’ve also seen terrible abuse at public meetings or on social media. Increasingly you feel that ‘politics’ is a negative term and something to be avoided when in fact our democratic ‘political’ system allows us to freely debate and discuss the organisation of life in this country through legitimate elected representatives that we can replace.

Politicians may not always get it right and are as guilty as anyone to human fallibilities but to have them inaccessible and hidden due to security demands will be further tragedy. Meanwhile we should all look to continue Jo’s legacy and in particular her campaign for Britain to accept more unaccompanied child refugees