Rise in parking costs slammed


[from Islington Gazette]

Rise in parking costs slammed

nlnews@archant.co.uk
26 November 2008

ANGRY drivers say Liberal Democrat-run Islington Council is squeezing more cash out of them with new wardens and higher charges.

It has recruited another 30 parking wardens and increased the cost of pay and display machines.

In Finsbury Park the cost for a two-hour stay has risen by 150 per cent – from £2.40 to £6, causing local community group FinFuture to write to the council in complaint.

FinFuture chief executive Despina Johnson said: “We were extremely alarmed to learn that the cost of using parking meters has risen. It is an outrageous increase in charges of over 100 per cent. People’s livelihoods and local jobs depend on Islington’s decision on this.”

The changes have netted the council an extra £500,000.

Councillor Greg Foxsmith (Lib-Dem), executive member for the environment, said: “Regrettably, like all boroughs we have to make these increases from time to time because of parking pressure. These are long overdue. All our parking revenue is used to subsidise the freedom pass or for highways investment. Not all meters in Islington have gone up and more than 160 meters are staying at the lowest rate – £1.20 an hour.

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