Concern as drop kerb charges surge by 40%

Cllr Osman Dervish

Cllr Osman Dervish - Credit: Archant

Residents have expressed concern over a nearly 40 per cent charges hike for dropped kerbs in Havering.

The charge for crossovers has been increased from £168 per square metre in 2020/21 to £233 in 2021/22. 

Upminster resident Terence Matthews told the Recorder: “That’s a lot of money, especially for people who are struggling at the moment. 

“This amount will mean that many people who need a dropped kerb to park on their home front will now have to park in the road.  

“Residents who want to act in a responsible way and not park their vehicle on the public highway will have to. If a private company did that, everyone would be up in arms.” 

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Havering Council said the costs had been brought in line with neighbouring boroughs. 

However, Terence feared the changes were part of a plan to implement restricted street parking within a kilometre of stations. 

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Havering Council cabinet member for environment, Cllr Osman Dervish, denied this allegation.

He said: "There are currently no plans by the council to introduce a widespread parking scheme and any such scheme would be subject to public consultation – as with previous schemes - before anything would be considered.” 

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