London Borough of Barnet

Council introduces new parking options

Published Tuesday 10 July 2012

A range of new parking initiatives are set to be introduced by Barnet Council.

After listening to residents’ views and concerns on current charges and methods of payment, four major changes are being made to parking arrangements across the borough.

The first will see a half-day visitor voucher for controlled parking zones (CPZs) introduced at a cost of £2.20. This new option will compliment the current full-day visitor voucher priced at £4.16.

Credit card machines will also be introduced in council’s car parks that currently charge for parking, offering an alternative method of payment to pay-by-phone.

To increase the availability of parking vouchers, businesses will also now be able to buy vouchers at 5% discount, with the ability to then sell these on to customers at face value.

Finally, a review of parking tariffs has taken place in off-street car parks in order to make them more competitive with other parking options available in the borough, with a proposed lower pricing framework to be announced shortly.

All of these options will be formally introduced once the statutory period of publication (21 days) has been completed.

In addition, Councillor Cohen has also asked council officers to conduct a review of town centre parking across the borough, which launched with North Finchley earlier this week.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“After receiving feedback I have decided to make these changes as I’m not convinced current charges are set at the correct level to benefit either business or residents.

“These changes have been designed to help businesses thrive while allowing residents to carry out their daily business at a fair and affordable rate.

“I also hope that these new initiatives will make parking more convenient for our residents who wish to use an alternative method to pay-by-phone.”

Changes to permit vouchers and parking charges will be made live during August with credit card machines installed by the autumn.

Contact Press Officer: Mike Langton