Parking permit rise

Merton Council will be increasing the cost of parking permits from 1 September 2004 owing to increased costs of running the parking and transport services.

Before the increases were agreed the council reviewed the amounts charged by other councils for parking permits and Merton had among the lowest charges. Any surplus made from parking permits is ring-fenced and therefore is only used for transport services, for example covering the cost of concessionary fares.

The rises are as follows:
· Residents Permits
The price will increase from £30 to £40 for a first permit. Second and third permits will remain the same at £75 and £100.

· Visitor Permits
Visitors’ half-day and full-day permits are only available in sheets of ten and the prices will increase to £10 and £20. Therefore a half-day visitor permit will increase from 50p per permit to £1 per permit and a full day permit will increase from £1 to £2 per permit.

· Business Permits
Business permits are only sold in six month periods. For the Inner Controlled Parking Zones (zones W1, W2, W3, W4, and W5) the price will increase to from £110 to £170 for six months and £220 to £340 for a year.

In all other zones Business Permits will increase from £100 to £150 for six months and £200 to £300 for a year.

The price of all other permits will remain the same.

Councillor Mickey Spacey, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and Community Engagement, said: “Unfortunately we will be increasing the cost of some parking permits due to the increased costs of running the service. The income generated from parking permits is ring-fenced and therefore is only used for transport services.

“Merton’s charging still compares favourably to other London Boroughs and the increase will enable us to provide a better parking enforcement service.”

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Notes to editors
Councillor Mickey Spacey is the Cabinet Member for Community Services and Community Engagement. Responsible for sport including strategy facilities, leisure centres and relations with sports clubs and organisations, libraries, community engagement and decision making in respect of street management and strategic oversight of the council’s relations with the public through the various forums and consultative mechanisms.

PRESS CONTACT:
Claire Bartlett
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London Borough of Merton
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