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Oct 19 2013

Harrow Labour Say: Conservatives Scrap Labours 20 Minute Free Parking

labour_roseWhen in office the Labour administration put in pace plans to introduce free parking for 20 minutes across the borough in order to support our local district centres, and last night (October 17, 2013) the Conservatives scrapped the idea and future roll out. Many small businesses and residents got in touch with us to say how it would be both helpful and good for business to have free 20 minute parking. The benefits are obvious: residents don’t have to pay for parking, trade in our high streets increases, we build our local economy and it offers long term stability for our local businesses.

The Labour Administration put into action the trialling of 20 minutes free parking in Rayners Lane, with the intention of wider roll out Borough wide by December. The trail was a huge success, with the feedback from local businesses and residents being overwhelmingly positive. So it is frustrating to see the current Conservative group blocking plans for it to be introduced across the borough. Despite claims from the Conservative government that the economy is improving this hasn’t been felt yet by people in Harrow. Businesses need all the help they can get and free 20 minute parking was a great initiative by the Labour administration to support them.

Cllr. David Perry – Leader of the Labour Group said: “Susan Hall and the Conservative Group at Cabinet displayed hypocrisy in its most blatant form. Susan and her team claim to want to support local businesses but vote to scrap the free parking policy which will directly help improve local trade in the future. Local businesses and the people of Harrow overwhelmingly support this policy and the Conservatives should be ashamed at the fact they have let local businesses down in their hour of need. The Labour Group will continue to stand up for local businesses and oppose the Conservative stance, because we believe supporting our local district centres in vital to supporting the local economy and community”.

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