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Go-ahead for parking zones

PUBLISHED: 11:38 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

Charlotte Newton LONG-SUFFERING Highgate and Crouch End residents are celebrating after council chiefs finally announced that parking zones will be introduced next month. Two controlled parking zones (CPZs) are being enforced by Haringey Council from the

Charlotte Newton

LONG-SUFFERING Highgate and Crouch End residents are celebrating after council chiefs finally announced that parking zones will be introduced next month.

Two controlled parking zones (CPZs) are being enforced by Haringey Council from the end of February, bringing an end to commuter parking misery.

The zones come into effect around Highgate tube station and in Crouch End, east and west of Crouch End Hill.

Talk of the zones has been rumbling on for years, with "dotty" maps unveiled in August during the consultation to show who was for and who was against.

There is one change from the proposals agreed by the council's cabinet in September. Shepherds Hill and Shepherds Close will no longer be included in the Highgate station outer CPZ following opposition from residents. But included are Claremont Road, Stanhope Gardens, Stanhope Road, Hurst Avenue and Avenue Road.

The changes mean residents need to buy permits to park outside their houses and will stop commuters leaving their cars in Highgate's streets.

"I cannot tell you how happy I am," said Bernie Wolff, 53, of Mount View Road. "We've had a camper van outside our house for three months and cars left there for weeks on end because it was free. It's been a nightmare."

Haringey's environment boss Cllr Brian Haley, who introduced the CPZ project, said: "We based our plans on what residents told us during the initial consultation.

"We gave people the opportunity not only to say whether they would like their road included in a CPZ but also whether they would reconsider that view if surrounding roads signalled support."

He added: "Some residents in some roads were opposed on both counts but have since clearly changed their minds. To include these roads we would now, by law, have to go through another stage of consultation."

But Crouch End Lib Dem councillor Lyn Weber criticised the council for taking two years to implement the plans. "This has been a tortuous process," she said. "It took the council many months to even realise there was a parking problem, and when they did recognise that action was needed it took the best part of a year to make any progress at all.

"While help for local residents is welcome, leaving residents in parking limbo for 17 months is unacceptable. The amount of stress it has caused is incalculable.

"This is not the end of the road for this issue. There are many worried residents who have indicated they, too, may want a parking review. It is vital the effects of the new CPZs are closely monitored.

"The council must listen and respond to what residents have to say about the roads in their area.

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