Parking fines in Upminster's Corbets Tey Road raise £135,000 in one year
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 September 2014
Revenue made from parking fines issued on a mile-long Upminster street quadrupled year-on-year after a council clampdown - raising a massive £135,000 in 12 months.
Corbets Tey Road made £33,707 for council coffers in 2011/12, putting it second on a list of the most lucrative streets in Havering after Station Road in Harold Wood, which raised £85,784.
But the following year – which saw the introduction in April of traffic calming and parking control measures – the road raised £134,756, making it by far the most lucrative, ahead of Harold Wood’s Station Road on £84,465.
In that financial year, council revenue from parking fines issued across the borough totalled £1.9million.
Jeweller and watchmaker Roger Anthony, of Bell Corner Jewellers in Corbets Tey Road, said he was concerned the changes may have affected business.
“If it’s made more difficult to park, people are going to go to areas where it’s easier,” he said.
“I would think if the council’s raising that kind of revenue in one road they’re not going to do anything about it. We do hear from people who say they came but just couldn’t park so went to Lakeside.”
Cllr Robert Benham, Havering Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Following public consultation, new traffic and parking control measures were introduced in 12/13 to improve parking facilities, traffic flow, pedestrian safety and public transport access and flow along Corbets Tey Road.
“They included new pay and display parking bays, loading bays and a bus stop, which has greatly improved accessibility for those visiting local shops.
“As with any new scheme like this, it can take time for users to get used to it, which can sometimes lead to people parking in places that were previously unrestricted, and therefore result in parking fines.
“However, as people got used to the new measures, the level of illegal parking dropped dramatically.”