Conservative-controlled Croydon Council is introducing 30 minutes’ free on-street parking in our district centres from Monday 29th March.
And, for the third year running, it is freezing charges for the first two hours’ on- and off-street parking. Charges for parking for more than two hours will increase by about 10 per cent to discourage parking by commuters and keep bays free for shoppers.
Under the previous Labour administration, parking charges went up year after year after year. We’ve frozen them for three years in succession and now we have finally got the Council into a strong enough financial position that we have been able to introduce an element of free parking in places like Cherry Orchard Road, Lower Addiscombe Road and Portland Road. Hopefully that will encourage more people to use their district centres, which should be good news at a difficult time for local businesses.