More misery for Preston Road

Pay parking is killing Preston Road, an area that already has no library, no health services, no council services, no sport centre, no adult education services.

Wembley shoppers driven away by increased parking charges and over zealous ticketing

Tara Brady, Wembley Times

Empty Preston road on a Saturday, normally its busiest day

This could be the future of the borough’s shopping parades as businesses struggle to survive against increased parking charges and over-zealous ticketing.

Over the past two years Brent Council has been accused of bringing misery to traders and drivers by introducing pay and display across all shopping areas.

It has also increased residential parking permits by up to 300 per cent in some cases in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) depending on the size of the car’s engine.

But now the Times can reveal that the income from parking fees will be £1.3million less than expected as drivers avoid the highger charges.

However, at the same time the local authority is expected to make an extra £2million than it first budgeted for from parking fines.


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