PARKING charges across Hammersmith and Fulham are to be frozen in 2012.
The council hope that freezing the cost of parking for the fourth time in five years will provide a financial boost for residents.
It comes after the authority created 200 more parking spaces to cope with the high demand and 20 pence 'stop and shop' bays in Askew Road and Goldhawk Road, in Shepherd's Bush, and Fulham Road.
Standard hourly parking rates in pay and display bays will remain at £2.20 while in town centres it will stay at £2.80 per hour.
Councillor Nick Botterill, deputy leader, said: “We know that local people are feeling the pinch and this is one way of showing our support by giving residents some financial respite.
“We are making sure motorists get a fair deal by not increasing our parking permits or pay and display charges.
“We have been speaking to residents about their issues with transport in the borough, including parking and congestion, and have made real improvements to our roads, often based on their suggestions.
“As part of this listening exercise we are not increasing parking charges next year but instead will focus on enforcing the rules that already exist and continue to deliver transport improvements that residents told us that they want.”
The move has been greeted with mixed responses on the council website with residents welcoming the freeze but insisting more can be done.
Jackson Ellis said: “I feel it is a little disingenuous to herald the fact that the council has decided to freeze parking charges next year. This is largely due to the fact that we've just had a pretty significant price increase this year in both permit as well as pay and display charges.”
Marian McDonagh said: “I would suggest the council reduce the number of zones in the borough to really help residents and businesses.”
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