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In a bid to crack down on unlicensed waste carriers, Havering Council has been taking on-the-spot enforcement action.

Residents have planned a peaceful protest against the council's plans to scrap 30 minutes of free parking in Upminster and Hornchurch, ahead of the final decision set to be made this week.

More than 6,500 residents have now signed a petition against the council's proposals to scrap 30 minutes of free parking in Upminster and Hornchurch.

The council received 14 claims for vehicle damage caused by potholes last year but paid out only twice, figures have revealed.

Councillors debated plans to introduce cashless parking machines in the borough at a full council meeting on Wednesday, January 23.

Income from parking charges have risen by more than 300per cent in the past four years, while slashing spending on roads by 2.6pc, figures reveal.

Havering Council has proposed removing free car parking in Hornchurch and Upminster in a bid to save money as part of its latest budget proposals.

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