Parking charges are to become "fairer, simpler, and more consistent" throughout Croydon, says the council.

Croydon Council’s new proposals would see shoppers benefit from one hour’s free parking at district centres.

The policy is already available in some local high streets and is hoped to be rolled out at boroughwide.

The maximum stay in all district centres would be increased to two hours, with reduced fees for the second hour, encouraging residents to enjoy more time at their local shops.

Other changes include reducing parking charges in West Croydon Station car park and reducing the charges for longer stays in areas where there are 12-hour maximum on-street bays.

Croydon Council is also proposing to update emissions-based parking charges for on-street parking, residents and business permits, and resident visitor parking.

Since the scheme was introduced in 2019, more people are driving less-polluting vehicles.

The current 90 per cent discount for electric vehicles means that these drivers are currently paying a lot less than most motorists.

The proposed changes would make this at 25 per cent.

The proposals will be presented at cabinet next week with the recommendation to start a 21-day statutory consultation.

This will provide residents with an opportunity to feedback and let the council know their views.

Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon, said: “We want to make parking charges fairer, simpler and more consistent across Croydon, while helping our high streets to thrive.

“By rolling out one-hour free parking at all district centres, we want to encourage people to visit our local shops – and to enjoy them for a bit longer, by increasing the maximum stay to two hours.

“The changes to emissions-based parking charges aim to bring Croydon’s system more in line with the rest of London.

“We’re currently providing a huge discount – 90 per cent - to some motorists, which isn’t fair or feasible.

“We want to offer an incentive for choosing a less polluting vehicle, and help to reduce congestion, while making it a more equitable system for all.

“We want to listen to residents so there will be an opportunity for people to feedback on these proposals and let us know their views.”