Traders launch petition for free parking in Hatch End

Cllr Sheinwald said since the charges were introduced, the Grimsdyke Road car park is virtually empty each day.

Cllr Sheinwald said since the charges were introduced, the Grimsdyke Road car park is virtually empty each day.

First published in News Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Traders say parking charges in Hatch End are “killing” their businesses as shoppers begin to avoid what was once a busy and lively area.

Nearly 200 people have signed a petition for free parking to be reinstated in the Grimsdyke Road car park, after a charge of 20p per hour was introduced last July.

Last week, Harrow Borough Council officers voted to pass a provision for 20 minutes of free parking in streets across the borough.

But shopkeepers in Uxbridge Road fear the free spaces will be clogged up by commuters using nearby Hatch End station and they will avoid paying 20p to run short errands.

Haresh Patel, who has owned the Post Office with his wife, Charu, for 25 years, said: “We launched the petition because nobody listens to us and we’re so worried about what the future might hold.

“It’s impossible for customers to come and see us now. They’re driving trade away and it’s absolutely killing what we’ve worked so hard to build.

“We’ve been suffering - there must be something we can do about it. It’s nonsense.”

The business, which was named as the best Post Office in London in 2009, has seen a 35 per cent dip in trade since last July.

Independent councillor Stanley Sheinwald is also supporting the petition, as he fears it could spell the end for traders in Hatch End.

He said since the charges were introduced, the Grimsdyke Road car park is virtually empty each day.

Cllr Sheinwald added: “The council have a funny way of helping small businesses. It’s ridiculous - I don’t know what they expect shoppers to do.

“Since the meters have gone into the car park, trade has gone right down. People don’t come in to pop into the chemist or the post office anymore.

“People are worried and quite rightly so.”

A statement from Harrow Council said: “A small charge of 20 pence 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.

“We are confident we have made it easier for people to park within walking distance of local shops as there are now more spaces available for them to do so.

“We are committed to supporting traders in Hatch End and are happy to meet with them to discuss this further.”   

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9:56pm Wed 5 Mar 14

diligaf says...

Do we expect any more from Cllr Hall this is her area and she is bleeding it dry and forcing trade away
Do we expect any more from Cllr Hall this is her area and she is bleeding it dry and forcing trade away diligaf
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9:01am Thu 6 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

Did i read that right? 20p to park? If thats correct it must be the cheapest parking in England i recentley paid 80p to park in North Harrow to go into the post office and buy 90p s worth of stamps now thats ridiculous, but seriously 20p its a bargain.
Did i read that right? 20p to park? If thats correct it must be the cheapest parking in England i recentley paid 80p to park in North Harrow to go into the post office and buy 90p s worth of stamps now thats ridiculous, but seriously 20p its a bargain. rabbitz
  • Score: 4

10:58am Thu 6 Mar 14

SeaBee says...

The service road outside the shops is free. Perhaps parking charges should be introduced with the first half hour free. But then where would the shopkeepers park?
The service road outside the shops is free. Perhaps parking charges should be introduced with the first half hour free. But then where would the shopkeepers park? SeaBee
  • Score: 1

10:27pm Thu 6 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

If the car park is virtually empty everyday it proves that commuters were using it in the first place and now its available for shoppers, The shops could always discount their customers bill by 20p to cover the cost of parking , Seebee you are so right the service roads are clogged with shopkeepers cars no wonder their sales are down
If the car park is virtually empty everyday it proves that commuters were using it in the first place and now its available for shoppers, The shops could always discount their customers bill by 20p to cover the cost of parking , Seebee you are so right the service roads are clogged with shopkeepers cars no wonder their sales are down rabbitz
  • Score: 3

3:01pm Fri 7 Mar 14

charrow says...

hillingson, just next door, seem to have it right, free 30mins (which you get a ticket for) and small charges for anything more + resident card giving discount on the charges. why cant harrow incorporate the same
hillingson, just next door, seem to have it right, free 30mins (which you get a ticket for) and small charges for anything more + resident card giving discount on the charges. why cant harrow incorporate the same charrow
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12:17pm Sat 8 Mar 14

hursthill says...

The problem in Hatch End is that shop & office employees park free all day in the service road (& until recently in the car park ), leaving no spaces for visitors .

Hatch End has the cheapest High Street parking . There should be a 20p charge for 1 hour rising to £20 for the day. That would benefit visitors. Employees would just have to pay-up or park their cars further away.
The problem in Hatch End is that shop & office employees park free all day in the service road (& until recently in the car park ), leaving no spaces for visitors . Hatch End has the cheapest High Street parking . There should be a 20p charge for 1 hour rising to £20 for the day. That would benefit visitors. Employees would just have to pay-up or park their cars further away. hursthill
  • Score: 4

7:54am Mon 10 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

Hursthill i agree for too long shop keepers and office workers have been using the council car park as theirs leaving shoppers scratching their heads looking for a backstreet to park
Hursthill i agree for too long shop keepers and office workers have been using the council car park as theirs leaving shoppers scratching their heads looking for a backstreet to park rabbitz
  • Score: 1

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