Barnet’s new Environment Committee is initiating a new Parking Policy and we want to hear your views. Driving and parking in London is a highly emotive subject, with the demands of the motorist to get to their destination quickly, park easily, compete with need for better air quality, pedestrian safety, traffic control and a finite supply of parking spaces.
We have already held focus groups with residents and local businesses to help inform the draft Parking Policy, and also consulted about parking arrangements within town centres across the borough. We acknowledge that each town centre or small parade of shops has different needs; some need rapid turnover, some need time for shoppers to browse, so we are not proposing a one size fits all policy. The draft Parking Policy has been developed to ensure it takes on board all these different views.
The policy outlines how the council plans to manage the pressures on the road network caused by Barnet’s 145,000 cars – slightly more than one car for each household.
The policy sets out a number of key aims which are to:
keep traffic moving
make roads safer
reduce air pollution
ensure as much as possible that there are adequate parking places available on the high street and
ensure that residents can park as near as possible to their homes.
The policy proposes varied town centre parking charges across the borough, to meet an 85 per cent target for on and off-street parking spaces being occupied. It also explores the possibility of moving away from a flat rate for residents parking permits, noting the examples of other London boroughs.
To find out more please take the time to read our draft Parking Policy in full.
Why We Are Consulting
We really value your feedback as we want to ensure that the new policy reflects, as much as possible, the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses in the borough.
What Happens Next
The consultation has now closed and the results have been analysed.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey and the focus groups, without whose valuable input the consultation would not have been possible.
All responses and comments have been considered and the results were used to formulate the final recommendations to the Environment Committee in November 2014 at which the draft Parking Policy was approved. The Parking Policy can be viewed at www.barnet.gov.uk. The comments within the report have been fed into the action plan arising to implement the policy.