Parking as ever is a controversial topic. In Waltham Forest a Freedom of Information request has revealed at least £31,000 has been spent on proposed controlled parking zones this year.

The Waltham Forest Guardian report:

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act reveal over £22,000 was spent up to July on consultations for Shernhall Street/Bakers Arms, an extension to a zone at Crownfield Road, along with measures in Leyton West, Peterborough Road, Shakespeare Road, Edward Road and Wood Street.

Meanwhile town hall sources claim the consultation into making temporary Olympic CPZs permanent in the south of the borough cost the council around £9,000 to carry out.

The Guardian asked the authority about the cost two weeks ago but is yet to receive a response.

The estimated £31,000 figure does not include the costs of more recent consultations in Walthamstow’s Chapel End ward and in Chingford and Highams Park.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.