In a bid to boost existing businesses and encourage start-ups in the area, Conservative-controlled Croydon Council is introducing 30 minutes free parking in on-street pay-and-display bays in South End and the section of Selsdon Road between South End and Bartlett Street and slashing prices in Spices Yard car park. This is great news for local businesses and their customers.
The free parking on South End and Selsdon Road will be introduced from Saturday 30 December. Note that in order to prevent abuse motorists will still need to obtain a ticket even if they are only staying for say 15 minutes.
The new tariffs in Spices Yard car park will be introduced from Monday 2 December. There will be a one-hour evening charge of only £1 and a 50 per cent cut of the daytime one-two hour rate from £3 to £1.50. The 6pm to 6am Thursday to Saturday rate will drop from £3.80 to £2.50; the Sunday to Wednesday overnight rate will drop from £2.70 to £2.50.
These reductions will give a huge boost to those trading in and around the South End Restaurant Quarter. I am delighted that the Council has listened to lobbying by me, local councillors from Croham, Fairfield and Waddon wards, local residents and businesses.
When Labour ran the Council there was no free on-street car parking. The current Conservative administration introduced it in certain district centres eg Lower Addiscombe Road and Portland Road and it’s great to see it now being extended to South Croydon. Despite the financial pressures it faces, this Council is doing all it can to help our district centres.