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Concerns raised by school governor over free parking cut in North Harrow
A school governor and councillor has raised concerns over proposals to end an hour of free parking that is used by parents to drop children off at school.
Parents of children at St. John Fisher School, in Melrose Road, have concerns over plans from Harrow Borough Council to remove the hour of free parking at the Cambridge Road car park in North Harrow.
The council plans to withdraw the free hour concession and charge 80p per hour for the car park, which is used by parents of the school in the mornings and afternoons to drop off and pick up their children.
Councillor Janet Mote, a governor at the school, said: “Parents are rightly worried that they will have to pay parking charges twice a day just taking their children to and from school, as there is nowhere else nearby that they can park.
“The school already has a travel plan, encouraging car-pooling, so many parents already drive other children along with their own. It seems unfair to penalise parents who are doing the responsible thing.”
She added: “I am also concerned that with plans now underway to expand the school, there will be even more traffic in the nearby roads.
“This has implications for both safety and congestion, and will be made even worse if parents are put off parking in Cambridge Road because of the cost.
“I sincerely hope the council will listen to these parents, as well as residents and business owners, and realise why North Harrow should be considered a special case when it comes to parking.”
Headteacher of the school Anne Lyons said: “We do have a real concerns about the proposals to cut the hour free parking.
“If it goes, parents are not going to pay to park there and it will just clog up the other roads around the school.
“As a school we have worked very hard to promote alternative travel to school for parents but parking concession going will have a big effect our neighbours.”
Pupils from the school who are junior road safety officers have written to the council calling for the free parking not to be removed.
The change in fees is part of a new council policy to standardise parking fees across the borough.
Campaigners from North Harrow have fought the changes and the removal of the concession parking, which they say will hurt business.
Previously the council has said the changes to parking fees will make charges fairer across the whole borough.
It also said it is conducting a 20 minutes free-parking trial in Rayners Lane to see if this is something which could benefit the whole of Harrow.
The Harrow Times has contacted the council about the parking fee changes in relation to school parents and is awaiting a reply.
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