CHINGFORD: Hope over pilot parking scheme

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TRADERS who have campaigned for free parking outside their shops hope a pilot scheme can secure funding next month.

Shopkeepers in Station Road, Chingford, are asking for 15 minutes free parking on the road to help local businesses and encourage more people to come and shop.

Currently shoppers pay £1 an hour for a voucher, which traders say discourages them from coming into the area for a quick shop and drives them to supermarkets with free parking.

Residents will decide whether North Chingford Community Council funds a one-month trial on November 15.

Darshan Sunger, from Ideal Property, said: “I have had my car clamped and a number of tickets on the street. I have witnessed other people getting tickets.

“People don't like the vouchers. And often they have mistakenly scratched off the wrong date and got parking fines.

“I am glad the scheme might be piloted here. It will encourage customers to come and shop here.

“People come to the street to get a pint of milk, or book a hairdressers appointment, or take keys to the estate agents. If you just want to pop into a shop the free parking is more convenient.”

Cllr Michael Lewis said: “People don't like the parking system. And the traffic wardens are very vigilant. They don't want to pay for an hour's parking when they are just popping into one shop.

“I think if the new scheme goes through it will be very popular with the shoppers and shopkeepers. It gives more flexibility. And if you are going to stay longer that 15 minutes you can still pay for parking. The current system discourages people from shopping in the area.”

Celso Lizarondo, from Almar's Superstore, said: “This is good news and I hope it goes ahead. We will definitely benefit from free parking, even though it is for a short time. It will encourage people to come in and shop in Station Road.”

Vijay Arul, from Newsbox, said: “On one hand I will suffer because we sell the parking tickets in the shop, so we will sell less of them. But on the other hand it will bring more people into the area to shop so it will be good overall.”

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2:54pm Fri 22 Oct 10

Pamella says...

It will definitely work, and it should be introduced in Highams Park and the Mount as well.
It will definitely work, and it should be introduced in Highams Park and the Mount as well. Pamella
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2:55pm Fri 22 Oct 10

Pamella says...

It will definitely work, and it should be introduced in Highams Park and the Mount as well.
It will definitely work, and it should be introduced in Highams Park and the Mount as well. Pamella
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3:03pm Fri 22 Oct 10

morgan79 says...

Good, hopefully that'll stop them making extra commission for christmas...
Good, hopefully that'll stop them making extra commission for christmas... morgan79
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4:14pm Fri 22 Oct 10

rubberneck says...

I disagree with this free parking because people will take the usual liberties, especially shop keepers and park their cars and move them around all day taking advantage. I urge the council to re-think this pea brained idea. The current scheme works fine and if the greedy shop keepers charged a bit less for their shoddy goods especially the over-priced restaurants, maybe they would get more customers.
It is not always the councils fault and they need income and if motorists float the law then they should be made to pay through nose.
I disagree with this free parking because people will take the usual liberties, especially shop keepers and park their cars and move them around all day taking advantage. I urge the council to re-think this pea brained idea. The current scheme works fine and if the greedy shop keepers charged a bit less for their shoddy goods especially the over-priced restaurants, maybe they would get more customers. It is not always the councils fault and they need income and if motorists float the law then they should be made to pay through nose. rubberneck
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8:27pm Fri 22 Oct 10

mookistar says...

Does Rubber neck honestly think

A.) traders will move thier cars 28 times a day

And

B.) that ANY retailer is making much money these days

Fact is trade in station road is hard and these changes will be a great shot in the arm. Let's only hope it's not too little too late. Pea brained it ain't!
Does Rubber neck honestly think A.) traders will move thier cars 28 times a day And B.) that ANY retailer is making much money these days Fact is trade in station road is hard and these changes will be a great shot in the arm. Let's only hope it's not too little too late. Pea brained it ain't! mookistar
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11:01pm Fri 22 Oct 10

rubberneck says...

mookistar wrote:
Does Rubber neck honestly think

A.) traders will move thier cars 28 times a day

And

B.) that ANY retailer is making much money these days

Fact is trade in station road is hard and these changes will be a great shot in the arm. Let's only hope it's not too little too late. Pea brained it ain't!
To save a pound, yes.
[quote][p][bold]mookistar[/bold] wrote: Does Rubber neck honestly think A.) traders will move thier cars 28 times a day And B.) that ANY retailer is making much money these days Fact is trade in station road is hard and these changes will be a great shot in the arm. Let's only hope it's not too little too late. Pea brained it ain't![/p][/quote]To save a pound, yes. rubberneck
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9:03pm Sun 24 Oct 10

Juxey says...

Why is it that when the council finally shows some support for local businesses, people like Rubberneck criticise it?

I don't own a business, but as a regular shopper in Station Road I know just how hard the vast majority of the local shop keepers work. It really angers me when people accuse local business owners of greed. They have to compete with the likes of Tesco's and all the other chains so they can't afford to rip off customers or offer poor service.

Rant over!
Why is it that when the council finally shows some support for local businesses, people like Rubberneck criticise it? I don't own a business, but as a regular shopper in Station Road I know just how hard the vast majority of the local shop keepers work. It really angers me when people accuse local business owners of greed. They have to compete with the likes of Tesco's and all the other chains so they can't afford to rip off customers or offer poor service. Rant over! Juxey
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