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Aug 13 2013

Free parking trial begins in Rayners Lane

Free parking trial begins in Rayners Lane

Shoppers in Rayners Lane can park for free for 20 minutes on nearby streets after a free parking trial scheme launched in Rayners Lane yesterday (Monday 12th August).

The trial, which was approved by Harrow Council’s Cabinet in June, will be used to decide whether it should be rolled out across the borough.

It is hoped it will encourage people to shop locally and boost local trade.

Shoppers have already expressed their approval for the trial. Udayakanthan Thevathasan, aged 29, from Northolt said: “I think it’s great. I came to Rayners Lane today to make a quick visit to the bank and we didn’t have to worry about paying for parking. I think it will bring more people to the area.”

Businesses in the area are also happy with the scheme. Salim Shawa, 27, who works in Culture Couture on Rayners Lane, said: “I think it’s a really good idea. I’ve found that parking is a real issue here and this will encourage people to shop locally. They can park up and have a quick browse without worrying about parking. I think it could have real long term benefits.”

Shoppers have already expressed their approval for the trial. Udayakanthan Thevathasan, aged 29, from Northolt said: “I think it’s great. I came to Rayners Lane today to make a quick visit to the bank and we didn’t have to worry about paying for parking. I think it will bring more people to the area.”

Businesses in the area are also happy with the scheme. Salim Shawa, 27, who works in Culture Couture on Rayners Lane, said: “I think it’s a really good idea. I’ve found that parking is a real issue here and this will encourage people to shop locally. They can park up and have a quick browse without worrying about parking. I think it could have real long term benefits.”

Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “Supporting our local businesses and district centres is a top priority for Harrow Council. We want to encourage residents to shop locally and attract trade for our local businesses from beyond our borough’s borders which is why we are trialling the 20 minutes free parking. It will allow drivers to carry out those quick everyday tasks such as picking up a few groceries, dropping your suits off at the dry cleaners, or stopping off to post a letter or parcel somewhere.”

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2 comments

  1. Praxis Reform

    20 minutes is only really enough time to drop off a passenger or check a map… Not to mention that this scheme is only 5 minutes longer than the 15 minute “grace period” that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to introduce for drivers parking on double yellow lines

  2. j p hobbs

    Whats the catch is this the last supper ? or just the end of the world ?
    Or are they just thinking … they will never make it back in twenty minutes , just stick in a stealth camera and a couple of extra wardens hiding round the corner . More money in our grubby thieving hands . Will they never stop ? The silence from out councillors is deafening .

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