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Highgate CPZ: Businesses fear new parking rules will lead to slump in trade

‘People won’t pay £4 to park’

05 February, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Janet Burgess: ‘People won’t pay £4 to park’

BUSINESSES fear they will suffer when changes to parking rules in Highgate are brought in, making it more expensive for shoppers to stop in the village.

A new controlled parking zone (CPZ) running from Highgate High Street, Pond Square and down to Dartmouth Park Hill will require drivers to pay for parking between 8.30am and 6.30pm. In the past, charges were levied between 10am and midday only.

More than 100 residents and traders were at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre on Monday evening for a public meeting on the charges.

Janet Burgess, owner of Village Flowers, in Highgate High Street, said: “My main concern is that it would make it unrealistic for people to shop in the village. People won’t pay £4 to park when paying £5 for flowers. If it’s easier to go somewhere else and park, they will do that.”

A consultation survey took place, but Camden and Haringey councils – the CPZ crosses the borough boundary – have faced complaints that letters were not received.

Grazyna Korbel, who has run a clothes shop in Highgate High Street for more than 20 years, said: “No one bothered to assess the impact and no one engaged with businesses and residents. The council should look for a solution that works for both.”

Nova Western, who lives off Hampstead Lane, said: “The council should be encouraging people to come to Highgate Hill. It is already a ghost town.”

A traffic management order will be published on February 7, with another consultation giving the public three weeks to have a further say. If app­roved, the new rules will come into force in April.

Grazyna Korbel and Nova Western, and below Kathy Dallas

The councils will review the policy after three months rather than six months as originally planned.

Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution president Kathy Dallas said: “The proposal has clearly disturbed people around here. Classes here go on for at least two hours and the restrictions pose a potential barrier for people attending and those who are just dropping in. The council ought to be making it easier for us.”

Highgate councillor Sian Berry said: “The council have done a normal consultation process, trying to make sure that more people found out about it, but inevitably people didn’t hear about it. “It is constructive that people now know how to register their complaints.”

A Camden Council spokesman said: “We recognise the issues faced by communities which straddle two boroughs and will always try to mitigate the impact of this.”

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