Healthy Streets, Healthy Travel: Cleaner, Fairer Parking

Closed 5 Nov 2023

Opened 4 Oct 2023

Results updated 16 Apr 2024

During November/October 2023 we consulted on changes proposed for how we manage parking across Camden.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views. We had over 2800 responses and following the consultation, we have made the decision to make permanent changes. 

You can read about the changes we are now making and our feedback to the consultation responses in the decision report. 



We’d like to hear your views on our suggested changes on how we manage motor vehicles (cars and motorcycles) parking in Camden. This includes how we charge for parking and some of the terms and conditions of our parking products. 

We want our parking policies to create healthier streets, reduce harmful emissions and allow a fairer distribution of the kerbside (the space on the road along the edge of the pavement). Owning and using a motor vehicle impacts everyone who lives in or visits Camden, so we are seeking the views of everyone even if you don’t own a car, van or motorbike. 

Your feedback will help us to make a decision on the proposals below. 

To comment on the proposals, please fill in the consultation survey by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Why your views matter

What you have told us so far

To support our commitment to tackling climate change, poor air quality, road danger and low levels of physical activity, we have adopted a set of ambitious policies and strategies to create safer and healthier streets as well as encouraging more sustainable travel options for anyone who is living in or visiting the borough. 

A number of our policies include a commitment to review parking charges to achieve these goals.  

These policies have been shaped by the priorities of our communities – they were all adopted following extensive engagement such as public consultations, workshops and citizen assemblies.  As part of this engagement, key points were raised relating to changes to parking we are proposing.

Camden Transport Strategy 2019-2041. 75% of respondents agreed that Camden streets should be enable walking and cycling. 88% of respondents agreed that Camden should reduce all road traffic casualties and progress towards zero Killed and Seriously Injured casualties. 69% of respondents agreed that car ownership and use, and motor traffic levels should be reduced. 83% of respondents agreed that the impact of transport-based emissions and noise should be reduced and mitigated.   We make Camden 2022. Camden should be a green, clean, vibrant, accessible, and sustainable place with everyone empowered to contribute to tackling the climate emergency.   Camden Clean Air Action Plan 2023-2026. 80% of respondents identified that they were concerned about how air pollution can affect their health. 75% of respondents agreed more action should be taken to tackle the sources of air pollution in Camden. Road transport was the air pollution source that scored highest among respondents as being of local concern.   Camden Climate Action Plan 2023-2025. Citizen’s Assembly identified reviewing and amending parking permits and prices to reflect climate emergency as one of the main actions to be taken.

*Statistics from the consultation activities relating to the Camden Transport Strategy, Camden Clean Air Action Plan, Camden Climate Action Plan and We Make Camden.

A large version of the image is available in the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of the page.


Why we are proposing these changes

Our proposals for changes to parking fees, charges, terms and conditions aim to discourage inessential use and ownership of motor vehicles. Where people have an essential need we are also encouraging the use of low emission vehicles. If approved our proposals would help to reduce carbon emissions, improve road safety and air quality as well as increase levels of walking, cycling and public transport use. Measures to reduce car ownership would also help to free up road space for those who need to use a motor vehicle the most and to encourage walking and cycling, which is the most affordable way of getting around the borough particularly during the cost-of-living crisis. 

Graphic presenting why we are proposing these changes. Discourage inessential use of motor vehicles. Noise from transport is associated with health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. 64% of Camden households do not own a car. Many journeys could be walked or cycled - 70% of residents’ car trips are under 5km, with 40% under 2km.   Reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Roa transport is responsible for 14% of Co2, 31% of NOx, 16% of PM10 and 20% of PM2.5 emissions in Camden.    Increase road safety. Between 2020 and 2022, 38.4% of Killed and Seriously Injured casualties were cyclists, 31.9% were pedestrians and 18.9% were powered 2 wheelers.   Increase levels of alking, cycling and public transport use. People who walk and cycle more are less liekly to own a car. Higher car ownership is associated with lower levels of physical activity.   Free up road space. 91% of kerbside is currently used to manage where we can and cannot park.

A large version of the image is available in the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of the page.


What parking fees and charges are spent on

The council has committed to review the parking fees and charges regularly as a means of delivering environmental and transport objectives in local and nationally adopted policies (including the Climate Action Plan and Camden Transport Strategy) and not for any other purpose including the raising of revenue. The income received from parking fees and charges, including penalty charge notices (parking tickets) is used to cover the operational costs of the parking service. Any additional surplus is required by law to be reinvested into transport and the public highway for example highways improvement schemes, highways maintenance and public passenger transport. In the below diagram you can see how this was spent in the last year. ​

Graphic presenting what parking fees and charges are spent on. In 2022/23, the £30 million of surplus was spent on the following*: £18 million spent on Environment such as highways improvements and maintenance, £8 million spent on public transport fares for the most vulnerable residents such as Freedom Passes and Taxi Card scheme, £4 million spent on home to school transport for disabled students.

*Figures have been rounded to the nearest £1 million for simplicity. Please review the Camden Annual Parking Report for more details.

A large version of the image is available in the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of the page.


Encouraging sustainable travel and the support available to you 

Recognising the current cost of living crisis, we have developed a comprehensive support package to mitigate the increase in proposed charges for at-risk and low-income citizens. There is also a wide range of support for anyone who wants to shift to cleaner vehicles or more sustainable transport options. 

There is a range of existing support including:

  • Blue badge holders can park in resident permit bays free of charge (excluding resident permit bays in the green badge zone unless they live, work or study there)
  • Discounted visitor permits for those residents that are disabled or over 75
  • Camden permit-scrappage scheme which offers free car club membership for two years
  • A range of support for those wishing to try cycling including free cycle training and bike loans
  • The ULEZ scrappage scheme for high polluting vehicles which provides a grant for swapping a vehicle. 

As part of these proposals we will investigate new support measures including:

  • Options to pay monthly rather than annually
  • Phased in charges for low-income residents (who currently receive Council Tax support) and small businesses and charities (those receiving small business rate relief and charitable relief on business rates will be eligible)
  • Discounts on cycle hire and try before you bike programmes
  • Expansion of discounted visitor permits for disabled and residents over 75.   

For more information on this support package please view the Cost-of-Living support section of the frequently asked questions linked at the bottom of the page.

Proposed changes to the Parking Fees and Terms of Use 

We would like to hear your feedback on the proposals for the below parking products. You can see the proposed changes for all parking products as well as for each permit and/or a fee by clicking on the relevant link below or in the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of the page:

Please note that the methodology used to calculate the equivalent daily charge has been checked and updated and these figures have now been substituted.  This clarification only relates to the charges set out in the Tables titled ‘ Current Terms of Use and Proposed Changes’.



We will run two Webinar sessions for anyone who would like to ask questions on the proposals. The events will take place on 11 October 2023 (6pm-7pm) and on 30 October 2023 (6pm-7pm).

The webinars can be accessed through the below links:

  • 11 October 2023 (6pm-7pm)

Please click the link below to view the presentation part of the webinar:

Webinar 1 - Presentation

  • 30 October 2023 (6pm-7pm)

Please click the link below to view the presentation part of the webinar:

Webinar 2 - Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You can find more information on the proposed changes and support available in our FAQ document linked below and in the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A paper copy and other formats of the documents and the consultation survey including an easy read/large print version or a copy in a different language can be provided upon request, please call us on 020 7974 4444 or email

What happens next

When the consultation is concluded, a report detailing its outcome and recommendations will be submitted to the Cabinet for a decision in early 2024. The implementation, if approved, would be introduced from April 2024.


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