Barnet starts parking reviews

North Finchley will become the first LB Barnet town centre to receive a parking review under the recently announced borough-wide programme.

This follows the furore that surrounded controversial charges brought in last year which eventually led to the resignation of the portfolio holder. From 9 July, businesses in the area will receive a questionnaire asking for their views, opinions and ideas on current on and off-street parking provision, restrictions and charges.

The council says the aim of the review is to find out what changes could be made to better serve local businesses, visitors and residents.

The questionnaire will allow owners to provide information on their specific business, customers’ and clients’ parking needs as well as an opportunity to highlight any particular issues that affect them on a regular basis.

Funding for the review has been received from the Mayor of London as part of his Outer London Fund.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We need to find a sensible balance between allowing a steady turn-over of parking spaces against the need to allow visitors sufficient time to use the high-streets.

“This review aims to make charges, parking provision and restrictions in town centres relevant to today’s local needs and demands so I hope as many local businesses as possible take this opportunity to give my officers their feedback so we can address any areas of concern as soon as possible.”

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