Parking claims another casualty

Written by  Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:12
Hadley Hounds latest victim of parking fiasco Hadley Hounds latest victim of parking fiasco
High Barnet’s “impossible” parking controls are forcing another independent trader out of the High Street.

Hadley Hounds, a dog grooming parlour established five years ago, is having to leave and find new premises in Whetstone because difficulties over parking have proved the “final straw” for proprietor Eve Fox.

“The parking controls in the High Street are a nightmare and the trouble they have caused my customers, on top of the overheads, is killing off the business here in High Barnet.”

Mrs Fox is hoping to move to new premises in Russell Lane, Whetstone, where there is free street parking.

“Barnet’s councillors just don’t understand the problems facing small businesses. Pet parlours are opening up in local retail parks and of course they can offer free parking whereas I can’t, and it hurts not being able to compete.

Notice on window of Hadley HoundsNotice on window of Hadley Hounds“As soon as the council imposed parking by phone and credit cards in the High Street the problems started and business dropped off.

Many of my customers are elderly; they don’t have mobile phones; they don’t like using credit cards in meters in the street; and there are no longer any machines taking cash.

“Even when customers stop for just five minutes they often get a parking ticket. Recently a lot of them have been issued tickets and they do get very upset.”

Mrs Fox believed that free parking for 20 minutes or half an hour, let alone a full hour, would have made all the difference.

She accepted that there were some free parking spaces alongside Hadley Green, higher up the High Street, but she said her customers couldn’t make sense of the signs and the council had done nothing about it.

“I am really sad to be leaving the High Street but the impossible parking controls, on top of my overheads, have proved too much.”

  • The Barnet Society is continuing to collect signatures for its petition in support of an hour’s free parking along the High Street and in all three of Barnet Council’s car parks.  Petition forms are available in shops supporting the campaign.
  • So far over 320 people have expressed their support for the petition on line, in addition to the 130 people who signed in person at the Barnet Christmas Fair.
  • The Society plans to review the level of support for its free parking campaign at its next committee meeting on 22 January 2015 when consideration will be given to the best way to present its proposals to Barnet Council.

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:12 posted by Jane Hoar

    Such a shame.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:33 posted by Barry Coleman

    A good local service gone!

    Her customers will miss her. Wonder where the pouches will be groomed now? The real problem here is the council no longer represents the public.

    In times of economic difficulties people expect the council to support local business.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 18 December 2014 20:32 posted by Gail Laser

    I understand that Central Governmrnt is asking our Council to offer business rate reduction. I found the info beliow on the Barnet Council website but wonder whether this is the current updated offer.

    Small business rate relief

    Small businesses with a rateable value of less than £25,500 in the Greater London area, or £18,000 outside Greater London, may claim small business rates relief. If you qualify your rate bill will be calculated using a lower multiplier. In addition, you may also get a further 50% reduction if your rateable value is less than £6000 and a reduction of between 1% and 49% if the rateable value is between £6000 and £11,999.

    Application form

    To apply for this relief, please download and complete the application form below. Further details about the relief and the criteria which must be met are detailed on the form.

  • Comment Link Friday, 19 December 2014 01:05 posted by Terry Granger

    You don’t have to be particularly bright to see what is effecting the High Street.

    Poor footfall
    High rents and
    Enormous Business rates

    Free parking for 1 hour will make a difference. Just do it for three months Barnet Council and monitor the changes.

    The Spires car park owners must be shamed into reduce their charges too.

    Greedy landlords also need to be named and exposed.

    Barnet Council should provide Business Rate Tax relief for new businesses.

    We should get behind this as a community to make these changes happen or suffer the consequences which will be the eventual demise of the High Street and Barnet - all of us.

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