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Councillor James Bond vows to keep fighting over cut to North Harrow hour free parking
A councillor has vowed to continue fighting after handing in a 3,000 signature petition against the withdrawal of free parking at a car park in his ward.
Councillor James Bond handed his petition against plans to cut the hour of free parking at North Harrow’s Cambridge Road car park in at Harrow Borough Council's cabinet meeting last week .
In July, North Harrow people started the petition against new parking charges which will cost drivers 80p for an hour.
Cllr Bond said: “This petition and the huge amount of responses shows the strength of feeling against these plans.
“The council says North Harrow is booming but it is not true. North Harrow has made progress but if these plans do go through then that will be lost.
“Traders will suffer as a result, as will Harrow Carers and the people who have appointments with them.
“This campaign is not going to go away and it is something I will continue to fight for. The council has to listen to people and the hour’s free parking must be kept.
“The council claims the new charges will make parking charges fairer across the whole borough but with this new parking zones there will still be a huge difference in parking cost in different areas.”
Due to the support for his petition, Cllr Bond says he plans to take the issue to the next full council meeting later this year to be debated by all members.
Harrow Council has previously said the hour of free parking in North Harrow was offered in 2004 as a temporary measure after a nearby Safeway closed, and now the area has a reduction in shop vacancy rates and a thriving high street, this concession will now end, as previously agreed.
The Harrow Times has contacted Harrow Council about the petition for North Harrow parking and is awaiting a reply.
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