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Parking policies are killing trade

PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010

Charlotte Newton and Robyn Rosen A STAGGERING 90 per cent of traders in Muswell Hill and Crouch End say parking restrictions are ruining their business, the Broadway can exclusively reveal. In the past 12 months, 2,298 tickets have been issued – 714 in Cr

Charlotte Newton and Robyn Rosen

A STAGGERING 90 per cent of traders in Muswell Hill and Crouch End say parking restrictions are ruining their business, the Broadway can exclusively reveal.

In the past 12 months, 2,298 tickets have been issued - 714 in Crouch End and 1,584 in Muswell Hill, producing £53,145 of revenue - £17,695 in Crouch End and £35,450 in Muswell Hill.

A survey conducted by the Broadway showed that 89 per cent of the 110 traders who responded in the two popular shopping areas believe parking is having a negative effect on trade.

And 88 per cent feel that Haringey Council is not supportive of traders.

In Muswell Hill, pay and display restrictions were introduced a year ago and it is the lack of parking spaces, ambiguous signs and the variety of regulations leading to different rules often affecting bays in the same street, which have angered traders the most.

Tamer Mehanna, manager at Pizza Express in Muswell Hill Broadway, said: "We need less restrictions - that would increase our trade. Many customers go to other branches because they can park better. The council is hurting local trade here."

Shopper Stephanie Prior, 21, said: "It's crazy to park in Muswell Hill. I can spend an hour and a half trying to find a space. It's awful because there are not enough spaces and so much traffic."

But Cllr Brian Haley, Haringey's road boss, said he has introduced various schemes to help traders.

"We have supported traders by introducing stop and shop parking thereby preventing commuters from taking spaces outside shops for the whole day," he said.

"We give all motorists parked in pay and display bays five minutes grace after their ticket has expired before issuing any fines. We want to tackle those people who don't care if they park illegally, not punish someone who has made an unwitting mistake.

"We cannot influence the economic situation and we are aware that traders are suffering the credit crunch."

In Crouch End, traders expressed anger that the large car park behind Hornsey Town Hall, is currently only used by council officers. Ninety per cent said they want it made available to the public - although the council claims it would be too expensive.

Maria Kasapi, director of David Clulow, said: "A lot of our customers come to have their eyes tested or to buy a new pair of glasses and they have to run out half way through the consultation.

"I think the council is only doing it for the money."

Chris Freeman, chairman of the Crouch End Trader's Association, said: "The council's parking measures undoubtedly affect business. People who can't park shop online - and then they stop visiting and using independent shops.


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