Amidst the news of savage council cuts, it was to be expected that local authorities would try to claw back some of the cash they’re losing. Nevertheless, Lambeth’s steep hikes in its charges for parking permits have sparked outrage.
With reason: January’s 30 per cent hike in the cost of a resident’s permit for an average family car, to £149.50 a year, makes them the most expensive resident permits for comparable cars of any London borough.
That’s more than Westminster, notoriously aggressive on parking (£115 if you pay online) or well-heeled Kensington and Chelsea (up to £110 for cars with medium-level emissions). And the cost of the Lambeth permit has risen almost 150 per cent since 2006.
Other Lambeth parking permits have soared in price too: business permits now cost £600, while doctors’ parking permits almost quadrupled in cost this year, to £400. On-street parking fees have risen to £3/hour.