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Aug 06 2013

Harrow’s Parking Charges Consultation: Five days only!

coinsQuestion: When is a consultation NOT a consultation?

Answer: When your council gives you just FIVE clear days to respond, and then email you details about it two days before it closes.

The latest cupid stunt from Harrow Counci is a ‘statutory consultation’ which is ‘…seeking your views on the notice provided, regarding changes to car parking charges in the borough.’ It opened on August 1 at 14.08 at will close on August 7 at midnight. Counting the clear days between those two dates gives you just five days to read the document and response.

Ludicrously, the consultation itself is signed by one ‘David Eaglesham’ on July 18, 2013 – which means the council has effectively sat on it for a week or so.

So what changes? Well, to confuse you, there is no direct comparision between old and new tariffs. For example, Canons Park station was 20p for 30 minutes. Under the proposed charge, it’ll be 10p for 20 minutes. The council could have been more open, and compared them like for like to avoid the mental math involved (eg: old tariff was 40p/hour, new tariff will be 30p/hour).

The proposed changes are all over the place. Some go up, some go down. For example, Rossalyn Crescent goes from 70p/hour to 90p/hour; North Harrow’s Station Road goes from £1/hour to 90p/hour. Stanmore Broadway changes from 60p/hour to 80p/hour.

You can get all the detail here – and if someone wanted to plumb it all into Excel and work out a percentage difference, that would be appreciated!

Update: @PraxisReform put together a quick spreadsheet showing some of the changes:

 

Area

 

Name

 

Spaces

 

Old rate

 

New Rate

 

Change

 

Wealdstone

Palmerston Road

27

£0.60

£0.80

33.33%

Wealdstone

Peel House (Multi-storey)

257

£0.60

£0.80

33.33%

North Harrow

Cambridge Road

150

£0.01

£0.80

7900.00%

Pinner

Chapel Lane

154

£0.80

£0.80

0.00%

Pinner

Love Lane

183

£0.80

£0.80

0.00%

Pinner

Waxwell Lane

111

£0.80

£0.80

0.00%

Stanmore

The Broadway (surface)

38

£0.60

£0.80

33.33%

Harrow Central

Queens House (Multi-storey)

450

£2.60

£1.40

-46.15%

Harrow Central

Gayton Road

283

£2.60

£1.40

-46.15%

Harrow Central

Davy House

97

£2.10

£1.40

-33.33%

Harrow Central

Vaughan Road

48

£1.60

£1.40

-12.50%

Harrow Central

Greenhill Way

274

£2.50

£1.40

-44.00%

Harrow Central

St. Johns Road

17

£2.00

£1.40

-30.00%


He comments: “I should note the 1p old rate in North Harrow is because one hour was free, and being a computer person you’ll understand all about division by zero errors.”
Submit your views for the consultation here. But hurry – clearly this one isn’t going to hang around!

 

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1 comment

  1. john p hobbs

    Harrow and Wealdstone station 4seconds drop off £60 to £110 .
    Via Labours stealth camera BEWARE .

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