A well-attended meeting of Kingston Council earlier this week gave residents the opportunity to voice their concerns about the proposal to introduce emissions-based charges for parking permits in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) across the borough.
At the meeting, residents told the Council that, while we all need to do more to tackle poor air quality, differential parking in CPZs would unfairly target a few residents. Having listened carefully, Lib Dem Councillors voted unanimously to withdraw the proposal.
Kingston Council is already working hard to implement many schemes to reduce pollution, including the building of the safe 'Go Cycle' network of bike lanes, planning car-free 'School Streets' and enforcement against engine idling. Also, at the meeting, Leader of the Council Cllr Liz Green announced that in the coming months, the Council would go much further to involve residents by setting up a Clean Air ‘Citizens' Assembly’.
Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport, said: “We're committed to working with residents to find ways to combat poor air quality across the borough. What we heard is that residents want action. Many also spoke up about the urgent need for measures to tackle climate change.
"Tackling such issues is complex; there are many options and resources are limited. We need residents to have their say and help us implement measures that work and are fair to all.
“We are a listening Council and we are committed to improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions across Kingston.”
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