Croydon Council Advances Plan to Facilitate Parking to Support Local Businesses

August 3, 2023

Croydon Council is preparing to streamline parking across the borough, making it easier for residents and visitors to support local businesses. The council will propose modernised parking policies that promote fairness, accessibility, and clear communication with customers and residents.

The plans, approved by Croydon’s Executive Mayor, Jason Perry, at a recent Cabinet meeting, will be open for public consultation in September. The Council is eager to gather insights from local businesses and residents to ensure the new policy meets the community’s needs.

Among the proposals under review are the current free short-stay parking arrangements, designed to make local shopping more convenient. The plans also call for making parking more accessible to individuals with disabilities, introducing virtual parking permits to replace paper versions, and clamping down on illegally parked vehicles and blue badge fraud. These efforts aim to ensure safer roads and prevent the blocking of parking bays.

To simplify parking charges, the Council intends to clarify tariff rates and the duration and locations where people can park.

Furthermore, the council is set to review and modernise parking controls and zones, many of which have been unchanged for quite some time. The ultimate goal is to ensure these provisions are up-to-date and meet the needs of residents and businesses.

Jason Perry

“Supporting business and the local economy is a priority and I want to make it as easy as possible for residents to pop to their neighbourhood shops, and to visit their local high street.”

“Making parking a simple, streamlined process is a part of our plans to support local businesses in Croydon and bring shoppers to our high streets and the town centre.”

“Parking shouldn’t be confusing, and it shouldn’t be impossible to find a spot near the shops – these proposals aim to achieve that goal.”

Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon

Residents can expect communication from the Council about the upcoming consultation in September.