Hainault traders fear rejected plan for pay and display in Manford Way could return
PUBLISHED: 16:36 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:47 28 October 2015
Fears parking charges could be brought in near a parade of shops have been voiced by shoppers and business owners – despite plans being thrown out two years ago.
After Redbridge Council announced it was launching a borough-wide parking consultation, Kerry Pierson, 22, manager of hair salon Uppercut, Manford Way, Hainault, warned pay and display would “destroy” businesses in the area.
Residents want the “unique” shopping area, which has free parking, to be protected.
But a council spokesman insisted there were currently no plans to introduce pay and display at Manford Way.
Ms Pierson said: “I think it would be terrible for the businesses around here if it were to be implemented.
“It’s convenient for everyone – customers as well as our team which is here all day – it would shoot a lot of us in the foot.”
Former councillor and Hainault resident David Poole has been continuing the campaign to keep Manford Way pay and display free.
“You should have pay and display when there’s trouble getting spaces but Hainault is a special case,” he said.
“We don’t have much traffic coming in or going out – Hainault works fantastically well.”
Mr Poole said he feared the “long-standing” saga was not over and the street remained under threat.
“Hainault isn’t a shopping hub like Barkingside – it’s a local shopping area which services the local community,” he added.
A council spokesman said: “We know that people feel strongly about parking in the borough as a whole.
“We are eager to listen to their thoughts, and that’s why we launched the borough’s parking consultation.”
To take part in the consultation, go to redbridge.gov.uk
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