Information about my work as a Labour Councillor for East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Tories U turn on Parking meters

I am glad to see they have had sme sense! two years too late and only half way there, but it's a start at least. I am glad that they will allow for credit cards to be used at machines for parking in town centres.

For those of us who represent High Roads and Town Centres, we have been very worried about the chaotic impact of these unwanted and unconsulted upon parking policies. The Council have lost a lot of money completely needlessly because of it. They have lost goodwill, image and trust. Oh well....

I am frequently told by shopkeepers in East Finchley how much they have struggled with the parking regime. You cannot help but notice how many empty shops there are on the high oad, especially at the junion with Kitchener Road. Some shops say they have seen footfall down 60% and revenues down 40%. It will take a long time to recover from these flawed plans.

Kudos too to Helen Michael, who has led the way in North Finchley, she deserves much credit and praise.