Brent cuts parking fees

LB Brent’s new parking charges come in to effect from 14 October, the council hopes they will boost trade.

The council wants the new lower charges for on-street parking across the borough to help boost economic activity on high streets and support the borough’s traders, shoppers and motorists.

The new on-street rates will cut parking charges by 20 per cent for a one-hour stay from the present £2.40 and by at least a third from £6 to £4 for stays of up to two hours. In addition, there will be a new and very low charge of 20 pence for stays of up to 15 minutes.

Councillor Jim Moher, Lead Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “The new 20p charge for the first 15 minutes and the lower prices across the board will help the local economy in Brent’s town centres and high streets by encouraging a higher turnover of parking spaces for shoppers, and by making parking more affordable.

“I am delighted we have been able to reduce significantly the costs of on-street parking charges, which will help our residents and traders during what is the most difficult economic environment Brent has faced. I know that some traders have been concerned about the impact of previous parking charges on trade in some town centres. My message is that we have addressed those concerns.”

Harrow, Hounslow and Hillingdon have all looked at periods of free parking to boost high streets.

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