Twenty minutes of free parking restored for now
Twenty minutes of free parking in parts of Wimbledon has been restored after all.
The reprieve for 20 minutes of free parking in Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon Park's Arthur Road parade was agreed at the recent budget-setting meeting of Merton borough council.
However, at a recent full council meeting, it was revealed that implementation was likely to be delayed until September or October.
But now the council has restored the 20 minutes of free parking in Wimbledon Village and Arthur Road in advance of the necessary consultation.
Motorists will still receive a free ticket for 10 minutes from the parking machines, but it will be valid for 20 minutes.
A spokesman said: "The council has a statutory duty to consult locally about increasing its free parking scheme in Wimbledon Village and the surrounding area from 10 to 20 minutes.
"The council must also consult with the London Olympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) regarding additional street works required over the coming months to facilitate the scheme being increased to 20 minutes.
"However, from now until the statutory consultation is completed, the council will not enforce parking restrictions on cars parked for up to a 20 minute period in the free parking scheme area.
"Motorists wishing to take advantage of the free parking scheme should display their 10 minute free ticket as usual and this will be valid for a 20 minute period. As has always been the case, the extra time will be over-ruled where there are loading restrictions in place."
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April 9, 2012