LEYTON: Free parking for 15 minutes 'is not enough' say traders

LEYTON: Free parking for 15 minutes  'is not enough' say traders

Aruind Patel of Coronation News in Leyton High Road

Omowale Quow

Usman Bahar

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

SHOPKEEPERS in Leyton say a council plan to boost businesses by offering 15 minutes of free parking in some streets does not go far enough.

The authority has said it wants to change the current system of buying vouchers for half-hour and one hour parking in the High Road area around Coronation Gardens in order to encourage motorists to shop locally.

But traders say 15 minutes is far too short a time.

Aruind Patel, owner of Coronation News in the High Road, is closing his convenience store this December after 23 years in business.

He said: "It is a good idea to offer free parking but 15 minutes is not enough. You need something like at least 30 minutes. It is difficult because people can go to ASDA and Tesco and park there for free.

"We're closing down because we just can't manage anymore with the high rents and rising business rates. We just don't get enough support from the authorities." Usman Bahar, of Carnival Cards and Gifts in the High Road, agreed.

He said: "I remember years ago there used to be free parking here, they should bring it back to how it was.

"Fifteen minutes is ridiculous. If you have children it takes at least that long to get them out of a car and get them ready.

"And if you came to our shop for the first time 15 minutes is not enough time to have a look around. I don't think it will help much at all."

Omowale Quow, of clothes, books and gifts shop Mama Africa, said: "It is not really sufficient. If the council are serious about doing something for local businesses they should allow free parking all the time.

"In other well-to-do areas you can park for free but not here."

But Waltham Forest Council says it has come up with the policy in association with the business community.

The authority also says it is responding to requests from traders and residents who want Controlled Parking Zones.

Waltham Forest Council's cabinet member for environment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said: "Providing free parking bays for short period will help boost our economy locally and encourage residents to visit their local shops.”

He added that the authority is looking at similar schemes in Chingford after traders requested a change in the parking system, with Station Road and Chingford Mount both being considered.

The council is currently waiting for the Department of Transport to agree on a format for the scheme's signs before it can go ahead.

The roads affected by the new scheme will be: High Road from Church Road to Ruckholt Road, Adelaide Road, Balmoral Road, Buckingham Road, Dunedin Road and Huxley Road.

They also affected include Lyttelton Road, Murchison Road, Osborne Road, St Mary's Road and Sedgewick Road, Sidmouth Road, Tyndall Road and Windsor Road.

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3:37pm Thu 4 Nov 10

Sam Hain says...

Oh, here we go. Give an inch and they'll take a mile!
Oh, here we go. Give an inch and they'll take a mile! Sam Hain
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6:04pm Thu 4 Nov 10

Red Neck It Is says...

"Oh, here we go. Give an inch and they'll take a mile! "

It's MORE like.........

"Oh, here we go. Give an story and there THEY GO!!"
"Oh, here we go. Give an inch and they'll take a mile! " It's MORE like......... "Oh, here we go. Give an story and there THEY GO!!" Red Neck It Is
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10:46am Fri 5 Nov 10

hotredman says...

15 minutes is better than the voucher scheme. I have never trusted the voucher scheme because I dont trust traffic wardens, you go out the car to buy a voucher and they would probably still ticket you, its a farce.
The council has woken up too late, they have done so many bully boy tactics with their traffic wardens they literally drive customers away. Most of those roads you cannot park to stop and get something, like even when they had 30 mminutes free. Simply because now its a recipee for a ticket. So many of those businesses around there have lost my custom. I would rather drive further away where I know I can park for free.
I know the newsagent in question, I have not been there in years, may have bought a few snacks there, but cant warrant to stop there anymore.
15 minutes is better than the voucher scheme. I have never trusted the voucher scheme because I dont trust traffic wardens, you go out the car to buy a voucher and they would probably still ticket you, its a farce. The council has woken up too late, they have done so many bully boy tactics with their traffic wardens they literally drive customers away. Most of those roads you cannot park to stop and get something, like even when they had 30 mminutes free. Simply because now its a recipee for a ticket. So many of those businesses around there have lost my custom. I would rather drive further away where I know I can park for free. I know the newsagent in question, I have not been there in years, may have bought a few snacks there, but cant warrant to stop there anymore. hotredman
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5:57pm Fri 5 Nov 10

Seeing Sense says...

What Leyton needs more than anything is shops that are actually worth going in.
What Leyton needs more than anything is shops that are actually worth going in. Seeing Sense
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