Councillor Stanley Sheinwald hands in petition for free parking in Hatch End car park

Councillor hands in petition for free parking in car park

Councillor hands in petition for free parking in car park

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A councillor who collected more than 2,000 signatures for 20-minutes free parking in a car park says charges drive shoppers away from high streets.

UKIP Councillor Stanley Sheinwald handed in the petition to Harrow Borough Council’s cabinet to call for 20-miniutes free parking to be introduced at the Grimsdyke car park in Hatch End.

Parking was previously free, but pay and display machines and a charge of 20p per hour was introduced in July last year.

Shopkeepers joined the campaign, fearing people would avoid paying 20p to run short errands in the shopping street nearby.

Cllr Sheinwald said: “The council is making it harder for people to visit Hatch End. People will think ‘why would I want to go there?’.

“Instead of supporting them they are crippling the small shopkeeper.

“I think the petition has had a great response and shows people are concerned about the parking situation in Hatch End.

“The problem is that people don’t want to pay for parking when they haven’t had to before. Even with it at 20p, small businesses have been hit.

“I think there should be 20 minutes free parking in all car parks in the borough.”

Earlier this year, Harrow Borough Council's ruling Conservative group announced it would introduce 20-minutes' free on-street parking across the borough.

The borough’s machines are having keypads installed so drivers can enter their registration number to prevent the scheme from being abused.

The first machines offering the free parking went live in Rayners Lane earlier this month.

A Harrow Council spokeswoman said a small charge of 20p an hour was introduced in Grimsdyke car park in July last year to curb an issue with commuter parking and free up more spaces for people to park short term.

She added the council was confident it had made it easier for people to park within walking distance of local shops as more spaces are available for them to do so.

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2:08pm Thu 17 Apr 14

diligaf says...

Nothing will happen the blue coat brigade will see to that...
Nothing will happen the blue coat brigade will see to that... diligaf
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3:33pm Sun 20 Apr 14

hursthill says...

Shoppers are being driven away from Hatch End because Office workers, Commuters & Traders park all day for free in the Service Rd.

There needs to be 20 minutes free parking in the Service Rd.

20 minutes free in the car park is no good. The time it takes to walk from the car park, choose & buy your shopping & avoid the risk of a fine is not enough.

Why can't the shops understand that they are destroying themselves by having all day free parking in the Service Rd ? I know many people who no longer shop in Hatch End for that reason.
Shoppers are being driven away from Hatch End because Office workers, Commuters & Traders park all day for free in the Service Rd. There needs to be 20 minutes free parking in the Service Rd. 20 minutes free in the car park is no good. The time it takes to walk from the car park, choose & buy your shopping & avoid the risk of a fine is not enough. Why can't the shops understand that they are destroying themselves by having all day free parking in the Service Rd ? I know many people who no longer shop in Hatch End for that reason. hursthill
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7:18pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Cllr Susan Hall says...

hursthill wrote:
Shoppers are being driven away from Hatch End because Office workers, Commuters & Traders park all day for free in the Service Rd.

There needs to be 20 minutes free parking in the Service Rd.

20 minutes free in the car park is no good. The time it takes to walk from the car park, choose & buy your shopping & avoid the risk of a fine is not enough.

Why can't the shops understand that they are destroying themselves by having all day free parking in the Service Rd ? I know many people who no longer shop in Hatch End for that reason.
Hursthill you are completely correct. I begged the Traders to have pay and display outside the shops, i myself am a trader elsewhere and understand the benefits, but they refused. Now there are all day parkers including the Traders themselves. This just stops the rest of us parking in the Service Roads and 'popping into the shops' Those that have persuaded them not to have pay and display have done the Traders no favours at all and should be ashamed of themselves. Hatch End car park is only 20p an hour which is much less than some other areas. Cllr Sheinwald would understand much more if he ever spent any time at committee meetings where such things are discussed ad nauseum
[quote][p][bold]hursthill[/bold] wrote: Shoppers are being driven away from Hatch End because Office workers, Commuters & Traders park all day for free in the Service Rd. There needs to be 20 minutes free parking in the Service Rd. 20 minutes free in the car park is no good. The time it takes to walk from the car park, choose & buy your shopping & avoid the risk of a fine is not enough. Why can't the shops understand that they are destroying themselves by having all day free parking in the Service Rd ? I know many people who no longer shop in Hatch End for that reason.[/p][/quote]Hursthill you are completely correct. I begged the Traders to have pay and display outside the shops, i myself am a trader elsewhere and understand the benefits, but they refused. Now there are all day parkers including the Traders themselves. This just stops the rest of us parking in the Service Roads and 'popping into the shops' Those that have persuaded them not to have pay and display have done the Traders no favours at all and should be ashamed of themselves. Hatch End car park is only 20p an hour which is much less than some other areas. Cllr Sheinwald would understand much more if he ever spent any time at committee meetings where such things are discussed ad nauseum Cllr Susan Hall
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12:42am Wed 23 Apr 14

SeaBee says...

Apart from the Post Office, three CTNs, three pharnacies and the Kosher butcher which businesses are having their turnovers restricted by a lack of twenty minutes free parking in the car park? It would take rather more than twenty minutes to buy some furniture or have a meal in one of the numerous (I lost count at fifteen) restaurants.
Apart from the Post Office, three CTNs, three pharnacies and the Kosher butcher which businesses are having their turnovers restricted by a lack of twenty minutes free parking in the car park? It would take rather more than twenty minutes to buy some furniture or have a meal in one of the numerous (I lost count at fifteen) restaurants. SeaBee
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