The Council is consulting on changes to parking charges and restrictions.
The good news is that it is proposing to continue free parking for the first 30 minutes on Cherry Orchard Road, Lower Addiscombe Road and Portland Road.
But there are two bits of bad news. First, it is proposing to increase the cost of residents’ parking permits from £48 to £70 for the first permit, £80 to £116 for the second permit and £193 to £280 for the third permit. To be fair, most other south London boroughs charge more than Croydon does at present - Kingston charges £60, Wandsworth £95, Southwark £99.30, Richmond a typical fee of £110 for a band G vehicle and Lambeth a typical fee of £115 for a band G vehicle residing outside of the congestion charging zone – but these are still steep increases.
Second, it is proposing to extend the hours of operation for the outer permit zones of the Croydon Controlled Parking Zone from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday to 8am to midnight Monday to Sunday, mirroring those in the central zone. Again, to be fair pressure on parking spaces in and around the town centre in the evenings and on Sundays has increased significantly since the current hours of operation in the outer zones were introduced in the early 1990s so there probably is a case for extending the hours of operation but not to 8am till midnight seven days a week. Parts of the outer zones are a long way from the town centre - the East Outer Zone stretches as far as Inglis Road and Outram Road, the South Outer Zone as far as Lloyd Park Avenue
I would encourage you to respond directly to the consultation - and encourage your neighbours to do likewise - by emailing Parking.Design@croydon.gov.uk quoting the reference CS/PS/JAA/7/Z54 by 4th February.