Residents’ revolt: New parking charges in Highgate ‘will be ruinous’
Highgate Society hands in petition against new fees
28 February, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
Nicola Caisley at the Town Hall with the petition
MORE than 200 residents in Highgate signed a petition calling for new parking charges to be abandoned.
The signatures were handed into council chiefs yesterday (Wednesday) opposing a council plan to start charging for parking from 8.30am to 6.30pm in the village.
The fees in Highgate High Street and Pond Square are only currently charged between 10am and noon. The petition was organised by the Highgate Society and comes at the end of a public consultation on the proposed change.
Nicola Caisley from the Highgate Society, who helped organise the petition, said: “I feel that the responses of the residents should be adhered to. Yet Camden is trying to shoehorn it as an environmental policy.”
Businesses fear trade will be hit if people are deterred from shopping by the new charges.
If approved, the CPZ rules will come into force in April. The council says it will review the policy after three months rather than six months as originally planned.
Ms Caisley said: “It is going to be devastating for a village that is already suffering.”
Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment, said: “The consultation for the Highgate village parking subzone was finely balanced but the results showed there was an appetite on the part of some residents for extended hours of control.”
He added: “This combined with our ambition to clean up the air and reduce congestion in Highgate led to the decision to introduce extended hours. We will be monitoring the change and working closely with residents and businesses.”