Jun 21 2011

Harrow consulting on parking charges

A simpler system of parking charges, allowing drivers to pay for by credit or debit card, and free resident permits for green cars are among ideas put forward for consultation by Harrow Council.  The Council now wants to hear residents’ views as it reviews the complicated system of parking charges across the borough. The aim is to support traders and local shopping centres by introducing a clear, transparent parking policy.

No decisions have been made of changing the borough’s parking policy yet so this is an opportunity for everyone to contribute. The consultation is about changing the way parking charges are set and not how much the charges should be. For example, there are 15 different costs for on-street parking in Harrow introduced over time without any reference to a single policy.

Residents and traders are invited to have their say on proposals including:

  • Classifying all on-street parking areas into one of four zones based on the local shopping offer, nearby car parks, public transport links and leisure facilities. There would be four different charges for the four zones rather than the current system of 15 different parking charges.
  • Classifying all car parks into one of four zones based on proximity to shops, public transport and leisure, with a different charge for each zone.
  • Enabling drivers to pay for parking by credit or debit card over their mobile phone.
  • Linking the cost of resident parking permits to vehicle emissions, to promote use of environmentally friendly vehicles. The most fuel efficient vehicles qualify for free parking permits.
  • Introducing a single charge for visitor parking permits – there are currently three different charges in controlled parking zones around Harrow.

The consultation is open until 5th August and people can have their say online via the Council website, or pick up consultation documents from libraries or the Civic Centre.

“We also want to hear what residents think about incentives for environmentally friendly cars, such as free permits for electric or low emission vehicles.” – Cllr Phillip O’Dell, portfolio holder for environment and community safety on Harrow Council

No decision has been made on our parking policy and this is a genuine opportunity for residents and businesses, to give Harrow Council their views.



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