He also argues that the shopkeepers are dependent on the free parking, and that without this they will go out of business. I don't believe that is true, but it does not answer the point about fairness. Effectively he is arguing for this road to get a special subsidy. Why this road and not (say) Willesden, Chamberlayne Road, Harlesden or any other parade of shops?
The point, which is commonly made, that parking charges are there to maximise revenue ignores the fact that all such revenues have to be spent on transport expenditure. In other words, motorists are contributing to the upkeep of the roads and pavements. Since they use this transport network, that seems to me to be not unreasonable.
There is also a specific issue in the Preston Road area about the car park, which is widely regarded as underused. Various charging regiemes have been attempted there, and yet people still complain that it is virtually empty. I suspect that this is related to having free onstreet parking very close by. Why pay when you don't have to? The introduction of meters will show if I am right. It will also help to deal with the enforcement issues that Sags mentions. As wardens will be enforcing the meters, they will also be available for other kinds of enforcement, something that has been noticeable in CPZ areas for many years.
Posted by Cllr James Powney at 10:56
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