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Hatch End Councillor launches petition against Morrisons’ parking charges and ANPR camera plan

Local Hatch End Conservative Councillor, Matthew Goodwin-Freeman, has launched a petition to preserve free parking at Morrisons in Hatch End, citing concerns over new charging plans.

Morrisons in Hatch End has applied for permission to install one 4m high automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) in the car park along with 28 signs warning drivers about potential charges. The Euro Car Parks signs would say that drivers can stay for a maximum of two hours.

The petition, titled “Save the Free Parking at Morrisons, Hatch End,” aims to rally support against the proposed changes.

Hatch End Councillor launches petition against Morrisons' parking charges and ANPR camera plan Harrow Online
Image; Cllr Mattew Goodwin-Freeman

For years, residents utilising the facilities of Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End have relied on the Morrisons car park, formerly Safeways, for free parking when spaces at the centre are full. However, this arrangement now faces jeopardy as Morrisons prepares to implement parking charges for cars parked over two hours.

According to a press release issued by Cllr. Matthew Goodwin-Freeman, the potential introduction of parking fees by Morrisons could adversely affect the community. The councillor expressed worries that this move could tarnish the reputation of Morrisons in Hatch End.

The petition claims that the proposed changes would not only affect visitors to the Harrow Arts Centre but also impact users of various other local amenities, including the Elliott Hall Medical Centre, Hatch End Swimming Pool, and Hatch End Playing Fields, among others. These users would face the risk of paying parking charges at Morrisons if the Arts Centre’s car park is full.

Last year, Morrisons faced backlash from residents after initially putting up parking restriction signs. Following community uproar, they agreed not to enforce restrictions and engage in discussions with local authorities and user groups to find a solution. However, the recent announcement of plans to install additional signage and an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera has reignited concerns among residents.

Hatch End Councillor launches petition against Morrisons' parking charges and ANPR camera plan Harrow Online
Image: Cllr Matthew Goodwin-Freeman

Councillor Goodwin-Freeman’s petition calls on Morrisons to halt any plans to introduce parking charges. The petition seeks to gain support from the local community.

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