The practice of recent years is again being adopted by Croydon Council with restrictions in the borough’s parking bays and council car parks relaxed on specific days over the Christmas and New Year period.
The council has decided that the whole borough will be free of parking charges in council-run car parks and on-street bays on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The relaxation of parking charges will enable people to visit shops, enjoy the displays of festive illuminations or to drop in on relatives to pass on the seasonal cheer, without having to pay to park on those days.
Yellow-line, footway and bus lane restrictions will, however, remain in place on these days, and motorists are advised to park in a reasonable manner, showing consideration for other road users and pedestrians.
Restricted enforcement activities will be in place on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; this will see parking enforcement officers providing a visible presence but not enforcing parking bay offences. Instead, they will focus on providing advice and guidance, and responding to specific enforcement requests, such as inconsiderate parking across driveways, access points and the like.
Normal parking enforcement will be in place from 27 to 30 December, and resume on Monday 2 January.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment
“The council is once again giving a little back to residents and visitors at this special time of year by taking the opportunity to relax the usual parking charges on set days over the Christmas and New Year period.
“All we ask is that motorists are sensible and thoughtful when parking their car. They should ensure that they leave it in such a way that it won’t be a nuisance or hindrance to others.”