In addition to the on street one-hour-free parking, a new policy allowing Harrow residents to park in council car parks for an hour with no charge has been green-lighted for January.
With the additional car parks, hundreds more Harrow parking spaces will be free for the first hour following a decision by the Council’s Cabinet. Back in August, the new on-street parking discount was well-received by residents and the new council parks addition will benefit local businesses in Harrow.
The policy was confirmed alongside a decision to encourage residents to use cashless payments for council services, including parking.
Cllr Anjana Patel, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said: “One-hour-free parking has proved hugely popular and I’m delighted to confirm its extension.
“At a time when money is tight for everyone, we’re investing in our parking discount to directly benefit local people and Harrow’s economy.
“We know the majority of residents already use cashless payments but appreciate that others will need support. We hope the feedback from Harrow residents will help us to fine-tune this change.”
Some of the council owned car parks in Harrow include: Grimsdyke Road in Hatch End, Belmont Circle, Cambridge Road in North Harrow, Love Lane in Pinner and Palmerston Road in Wealdstone.
Harrow Council will encourage motorists, wherever they park, to use the PayByPhone smartphone app. PayByPhone also offers a text and a call service, available from any mobile phone to download from app stores. Users who wish to use the call or text service must set up an account online at paybyphone.co.uk or by calling 0208 039 1101.
The council confirmed that anyone still wanting to pay for their parking with cash after December can do so via the PayPoint network of local shops. There’s one within a five-minute walk of every car park and on-street bay in the scheme. These PayPoint’s will offer ticketless parking, with no need to return to the car.