Parking outside local shops for a flying visit will be cheaper, or remain free, under the council’s proposed first review of charges in six years.
The council’s new parking policies will streamline more than 40 existing tariffs covering central Croydon and the borough’s district centres into just 12. The proposals will go to the relevant cabinet member later this month for approval and, if agreed, will come into effect from 1 February. The proposals are now live on the council’s website.
Some prices will rise while others will fall – and give residents a clearer charging structure for the whole borough. For example, all district-centre car parks will have a single set of charges, meaning that an hour’s parking will be 60p – whether you are in South Norwood, New Addington or Waddon.
The proposed parking changes include:
One-hour bays – district centres
- 30 minutes = free
- 1 hour = £1
Eight-hour, four-hour or two-hour bays
- 30 minutes in town centre = 40p, 80p or £1.20
- 30 minutes in districts centres = 20p, 40p or 60p
Car parks in Croydon
One hour = £1.20 or £1.60
The first 30 minutes’ short-stay, on-street parking will remain free in district centres such as Purley, Thornton Heath and Coulsdon. For long-stay parking, the first 30 minutes will be 40p rather than the current 70p.
The first 30 minutes’ on-street parking in medium-stay Croydon town centre bays will be 80p instead of £1.10 to also encourage short visits to local businesses. For longer stays of up to four hours, price rises will range from 30p to £1.40.
In maximum four-hour bays outside central Croydon, prices will be 30p cheaper for the first half hour, and thereafter rise by a maximum 80p.
Councillor Kathy Bee, cabinet member for transport and environment
“These proposals aim to provide more standardised charges across the borough while protecting 30 minutes’ free parking to encourage people to visit local shops and businesses.”