London Borough of Barnet

Council launches borough-wide Town Centre and Shopping Parade Parking Review

Published Tuesday 11 September 2012

The council is writing to every retailer in the borough’s Town Centres and Local Shopping Parades that have Pay-by-Phone parking facilities nearby.

The review is seeking details of traders and their customers parking needs with a view to establishing whether the current parking arrangements could be improved to better suit each individual area. The full review follows a pilot study with businesses in North Finchley.

Retailers have until Friday 28 September 2012 to complete the on-line questionnaire and if traders with Pay- by-Phone facilities nearby have not received a letter explaining the consultation and how to take part please ring 020 8359 7545 or email

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“So far we’ve had a very constructive feedback meeting with North Finchley traders and have identified a package of parking measures that we believe will help to attract more people into the area and encourage turnover of parking spaces. We will also be reviewing parking charges which are seen as key in assisting with our efforts to help traders and revitalise our Town Centres.

"Any changes that we progress will be introduced as soon as possible and in time for the pre-Christmas trading period.

“I am not convinced that a one size fits all approach works for traffic management in a borough as varied as Barnet and I want to see how the needs of each specific area may vary. We need to make sure that we have a regular turnover of parking spaces while giving customers enough time to complete their shopping or business. We don’t want empty bays any more than we want the same car in a bay all day.

"The feedback we receive will assist in determining what action needs to be taken to address any areas of concern.”

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