Islington parking rethink set to be confirmed on Thursday

As shown on the map, zones C (Finsbury Square and Farringdon Station) and K (Whittington Hospital) a

As shown on the map, zones C (Finsbury Square and Farringdon Station) and K (Whittington Hospital) are the only areas where consultees approved of increased parking enforcement. Graphic: Islington Council - Credit: Archant

Islington Labour’s backtrack on the controversial controlled parking zone (CPZ) proposals is set to be rubberstamped on Thursday.

In September, the Labour group, which controls Islington Council, was forced to go back on plans for charged parking to be extended to seven days a week in the majority of the borough. There had been a widespread public backlash during the council’s consultation period.

But the group, which provides 47 of Islington’s 48 councillors, also resolved to approve extended controls in two zones where a majority of people were in favour: the Whittington Hospital area and Finsbury Square and Farringdon Station area.

The Whittington zone will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Finsbury Square and Farringdon will be monitored 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday, and midnight-6am on Sundays. The changes are expected to be implemented in summer or autumn next year.

The measures are set to be confirmed when the council’s executive meets in the town hall on Thursday evening.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, said: “The consultation showed support for some of the proposals, which proves there were some issues that the council was right to try and solve.

“We will now take these proposals forward, subject to agreement of my fellow executive members.”

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