Islington car parking scheme will increase congestion and pollution

Islington Cyclists Action Group (ICAG), the local LCC group, is campaigning to stop its local council introducing a scheme that will encourage short journeys by car with negative impacts on both congestion and pollution.

Islington Council proposes introducing a Residents’ Roamer policy, which would allow all car owners with street parking permits to park their vehicles within any parking zone in Islington between the hours of 11am-3pm.

ICAG wrote to Islington Council saying: “This is the first time in our shared memory that ICAG has been consulted on any scheme that sets out to increase motor traffic.”

John Ackers of ICAG said, :"Roamer permits will encourage a significant increase in the number of car journeys made within Islington, while also encouraging visitors from beyond the borough to travel in by car.

"This is completely contrary to the council’s longstanding sustainable transport and parking policies, which seek to discourage non-essential car use and encourage other modes such as walking, cycling and public transport.”

Consultation on the scheme ended on 11 February 2011, and numerous emails were submitted on behalf of Islington cyclists, as well as other residents who are concerned that the policy is unfair to residents on council estates who might not hold on-street parking permits.

The scheme is due to commence at the end of February 2011 unless the council agree to scrap it.