LB Harrow are looking to bring in a scheme designed to offer one free 20 minute parking period per resident per day.
The system to be discussed by the council’s cabinet this month allows people to put their registration number in to a machine and receive one 20 minute parking voucher each day.
The council had considered a simpler system, where all parking would be free for 20 minutes, but were concerned about revenue losses.
Some have commented that this arrangement may not suit all shoppers, who may need to visit more than one location each day. It also illustrates the dependence of councils generally on parking revenues, and the tension that exists between this and promoting growth in high street trading.