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Campaign launched against new parking charges for North Harrow
Shoppers and traders have raised concerns over changes to parking charges they say will hurt business.
People of North Harrow have started a campaign opposing Harrow Borough Council's plans to withdraw the one hour of free parking in the Cambridge Road car park on weekdays and charge 80p for an hour.
Last night campaigners collected signatures for a petition calling for the plans to be dropped to support businesses.
Councillor James Bond, one of the organisers of the campaign, said: “Residents and shopkeepers alike are adamant that the one-hour free concession in the Cambridge Road car park must stay.
“In just two hours nearly 400 people signed the petition outside North Harrow station this evening. If the consultation is worth the paper it is printed on, the council will hear this loud and clear and withdraw their ill-thought out plan.
“Far from helping local business, as the council often likes to boast, the parking reorganisation, and particularly the loss of the one hour free concession in Cambridge Road car park, will be a knock-back for North Harrow and all who have been trying to encourage its regeneration.”
Prakesh Shah, of Saville Pharmacy, in Station Road, said: “Putting charges in will just drive people to supermarkets and away from the North Harrow.
“It’s a step backwards after all the work which has been done to help the area and I think it will hurt business”
Krishna Ramji, who runs the Shoes and Heels repair shop, also in Station Road, said: “It will take business away from us.
“The hour’s free parking was working and bringing people back to the high street, but if they start to charge then people will be less willing to come here.”
The statutory consultation period for the plans end on the August 7 and people have until then to have their say about the plans.
The Harrow Times has contacted Harrow Council about the proposed parking charges and is awaiting a reply.
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