Parking charges to rise as Croydon Council reviews spending
MOTORISTS are to be hit in the pocket as parking permits, fines and pay & display charges are set to rise.
Penalty Charge Notices for parking offences are to increase for the second time in less than a year.
Fines went up £10 for the most serious offences in April.
The increased charges are a result of Transport for London's changes to the way in which it designates certain zones within Croydon.
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The council estimates that a further increase will bring in £253,000 in 2012/13.
It also said it would "review options" of pay & display charges but that there would be no increase in the town centre. It will also keep half an hour free parking in the district centres.
The most controversial change will see the cost of residents' parking permits increase by 9 per cent.
This means new applications for an annual permit will cost more than £100, including a £27 administration fee which covers admin and stationery costs.
It currently costs £97 per year for a new application, twice as much as in neighbouring Sutton and parts of Bromley.
More than 600 streets are subject to controlled parking zones. Council leader Mike Fisher said: "As part of the budget process, as well as looking at how we can reduce our costs, we do look at income."
Cllr Dudley Mead added: "The Labour party were moaning about it but it's typically less than £2 a week to park your car on the road."