Brent Council is consulting residents over changes to parking permits
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Brent Council is consulting local people over plans to change the way parking permits are managed across the borough.
In an email sent to parking account holders living in affected areas – which include Wembley, Stonebridge and Harlesden – the town hall laid out three proposals to alter parking charges.
The most contentious involves introducing a three-year lifespan for permits under the Wembley Stadium Event Day Protective Parking Scheme.
Up to now, these permits have had no time limit as long as the permit holder doesn’t move. The price would increase, too, up from a one-off £10 fee to £15 every three years.
In its email, Brent Council explain this is being proposed due to fears of a growing black market in paper permits issued to householders before 2013.
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The council is also looking at increasing the cost of additional parking permit surcharges for second and third cars by £10 and £20 a year respectively. A final proposal is for a £50-a-year surcharge levy on diesel vehicles.
Former Brent Labour councillor Zaffar van Kalwala told the Times: “The area affected by these changes is huge, and it’s the fact the new three-year permits are not transferrable if you buy a new car that will frustrate people.” The online consultation runs until midnight on Thursday.
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A Brent Council spokeswoman said: “We will carefully consider responses before making a decision. If the proposed changes do go ahead, we intend them to come into force on 1st October 2018.
“Any additional revenue will help cover the cost of the Freedom Pass for the borough’s older and disabled residents, and fund additional parking enforcement to help keep the borough safe and accessible for everyone”