Pre-pandemic parking charges to return

Published: Monday, 26 September 2022

Havering Council is continuing to support the borough return to business as usual following the pandemic with the re-instatement of pre-Covid parking measures.

The Council was one of the few local authorities to suspend parking charges as lockdown began and is one of the last to resume pre-Covid charges. 

The Council’s cabinet will meet on Wednesday, (28 September 2022) to discuss the removal of the:

  • 20 per cent discount in all Council car parks where payment is made via the cashless RingGo app
  • one-hour free parking for on-street parking Pay and Display bays with a return of the £1.50 charge for 0-1 hour parking in these bays.

Free parking on Sundays will continue in all Council car parks and there is no increase in any charges compared to the period before the pandemic began. 

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“These covid parking arrangements are a legacy we’ve picked up since the election.

"If truth be told they should have gone back to the pre-Covid charges in the spring.

"But for whatever reason no action was taken by the previous administration.

“Now business and life has returned to near normal, it’s time to revert back to the pre-pandemic charges. 

“We are also aware of the effects the rise in the cost of living will have and we will do what we can to support residents and businesses.

"The charges for parking will be the same as they were in March 2020.

“The decision we hope to make at cabinet is just the start of our focus on parking.

"We’ll be carrying out a root-and-branch review to make sure that our parking policy keeps the borough moving, supports local economic growth and battles climate change.”