Parking controls will kill us off, say traders
13 February 2008
A WAVE of new parking restrictions in Haringey have been met by mixed reactions from residents and traders.
The controlled parking zones cover Bounds Green, Wood Green and Green Lanes and are set to start at the end of March.
While others welcome the modifications in the latter zones, residents in Bounds Green have hit out at a restriction they say will “kill local businesses”.
Shirish Seth, manager of Bounds Green Printers, said he is worried he might have to close down his shop in Bounds Green Road.
“How could a business possibly run, when it can’t even get a delivery van to stop outside the shop? And how can I keep my staff and customers, when they have nowhere to park?”
The new proposals are an extension of the existing schemes in Tottenham, Highgate, Fortis Green, Finsbury Park, Bruce Grove and parts of Wood Green and Green Lanes.
The zones allow only residents with permits to park by banning commuters and shoppers from the limited spaces available.
Community activist and Bounds Green resident John Waller said that the interests of residents and traders should come first. “I know local people are concerned because there is a sense that there is a ruthless determination to put this in place regardless of what feedback the council gets,” he said.
The reaction in Wood Green was more favourable, after residents put pressure on the council to extend the existing CPZs.
Stephen Whittle, chairman of West Green Residents’ Association, said: “People were sceptical at first, but now they realise it’s a good thing. The area used to suffer so much from commuter parking on the roads.”
The Wood Green extension will take effect on Monday, March 17, and will run from 8am-6.30pm Monday to Saturday. The Green Lanes zone will operate at the same times, but only Monday to Friday.
The Bounds Green CPZ will start on Monday, March 31 and run 10am-12noon.
Councillor Brian Haley, cabinet member for environment and conservation, said: “The number of cars travelling into the borough has soared in recent years,” he said. “The extra traffic has made it much more difficult for people to park close to their homes. This is particularly serious for vulnerable or elderly residents.