Lynne Featherstone MP slams Haringey Council’s response on parking charges

Lynne Featherstone MP at a ticket machine on Muswell Hill Broadway.Lynne Featherstone MP has today expressed her frustration with the parking charges set by Haringey Council, which are having a detrimental effect on many shops and businesses in Hornsey and Wood Green.

In September, local business owner Chris Oswald contacted Lynne Featherstone. He reported that independent businesses have suffered months of poor trade after the parking prices were increased from £1.40 to £3 per hour last year.

The Liberal Democrat MP contacted the Council ask asked them to examine the parking charges around Muswell Hill and consider reducing them to a more realistic level so that shoppers can be encouraged to stop and shop in the area instead of going elsewhere.

The Council last week confirmed that, following a review completed this year, a decision was taken to make no further changes to the charge of £3 per hour.

Chris Ostwold, manager of Crocodile Antiques in Muswell Hill Broadway, said:

“I am very disappointed with the Council’s response. We traders have told the Council that the charges are having a negative effect on our businesses – but they just won’t listen. I simply don’t understand how they have supposedly reviewed the impact, yet not realised how damaging this extortionate charge is.

“I will continue to collect signatures for my petition, which calls for a reduction in parking charges.”

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“This is just typical of Labour-run Haringey Council. They should be supporting local businesses, not discouraging residents from shopping on our high streets.

“I am fully behind the Haringey Liberal Democrat campaign for 30 minutes of free parking on Haringey’s high streets. I am also supportive of Mr Oswald’s petition to lower the parking charges.”

2 thoughts on “Lynne Featherstone MP slams Haringey Council’s response on parking charges

  1. The reverse side of the question is – “Should we be encouraging people to use their car to go to the shops by lower Parking Charges or should we be making it easier to use less carbon-intensive forms of transport such as buses, cycling or even walking?

  2. The problem is that if ‘local’ shops are disadvantaged by lack of affordable customer parking, then when those shops dissappear, everyone will have to travel greater distances to get the things that they could have walked to get.

    Shops just can’t survive from ‘local’ trade alone, we need to attract visitors from outside the area to help cover the rediculous rents and rates we are forced to pay, as well as VAT, employer’s National Insurance and the soon to come employee’s pension that we will have to pay into!

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