Transport for London, which is chaired by Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson, has launched a consultation on its plans to increase the time drivers are allowed to park in stop and shop bays. The Mayor hopes that this will be a boost for local shops. The plans have been welcomed by the London Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses who described it as “sensible measure”.
The consultation is running in 19 London Boroughs, which include Lambeth. Both the Conservative Mayor of London and the Conservative-led Government have undertaken a range of policies to support local shops and the local high street; this is in sharp contrast with Labour controlled Councils such as Lambeth who plan to hike up parking charges in our high streets and attempted to introduced a pavement tax which would have forced local shops to pay thousands of pounds a year to put items outside their shops. Further to this Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles last month announced plans to ease restrictions on parking in order to help local shops.
Boris Johnson said “Parking is a big concern for businesses and retailers in London. By extending the length of time that drivers can park at more than 600 locations, we can make it easier for Londoners to shop locally, and crucially, boost trade in our local high streets and the economy in the process”.
Member of the Thurlow Park Conservative Action Team Luke Tryl said “The Conservatives are committed and focused on saving the local high Streets through policies such as sensibly reducing parking restrictions and not taxing local shops to put items outside”.
You can take part in the consultation by going to https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/streets/stop-and-shop-bays/consult_view. The consultation closes on the 16th September.