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Petition launched to stop Islington parking controls

PUBLISHED: 11:52 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:53 21 August 2015

The petition would guarantee a town hall debate

The petition would guarantee a town hall debate

Anna Bruce

Islington Chamber of Commerce has claimed council plans to increase parking controls across the borough are simply a way of boosting its coffers.

The chamber has launched a petition against the proposal, which would see charged parking extended to seven days a week, and even 24 hours a day in some areas,

It is seeking 2,000 signatures by September 7, which would guarentee a 15-minute town hall debate.

All streets in Islington are covered by controlled parking zones (CPZs), where on-street parking is monitored during specified times and days.

But the last review of CPZs was carried out in 2007, and the council says the current system no longer reflects parking needs.

Under its plans to extend controls, for which consultation has opened, the council wants to make it easier for residents to park near to their homes.

It also wants to ensure those that most need to park, such as disabled and elderly drivers, can do so, while reducing congestion and unncessary car use.

But Jamie Bamber, a representative for the chamber, said the plans would adversely affect Islington’s businesses: “We just can’t understand the need for these proposals, without looking like a revenue stream for the council.

“The council says it’s designed to help residents’ parking, but it’s not fair to address that while disadvantaging businesses. It will be no help for communities and the economy if businesses suffer.”

Asked if the chamber is confident it will be listened to, Mr Bamber said: “I think we are the best-placed organisation in the borough to get the attention of the council. We have the ear of all trade associations and business groups and they are strongly against this.”

An affiliated group, the People’s Parking Plan, met at the town hall last night (Wednesday) to discuss a response to the consultation.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, said: “We are concentrating on striking a fair balance for the demands of today and tomorrow.”

To view the chamber’s petition, visit democracy.islington.gov.uk and follow “petitions”.

To view the council consultation, visit islington.gov.uk and follow “get involved”. Both deadlines are on September 7.

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