Conservatives pleased over Harlow Council u-turn over car parking charges

AN Old Harlow councillor has welcomed the decision by Harlow Council over car parking charges in Harlow.

Cllr Mike Garnett, an Old Harlow and Essex County Councillor (Conservative) said: “I’m glad that common sense has prevailed and the council has performed this sudden U-turn on its plans to stop cash payments for parking.

“Action should have been taken sooner to prevent the risk of an emerging public health issue as a result of the changes. Many drivers crowded around the ticket machines talking to each other, trying to figure out the new digital payment system, was hampering genuine efforts to practice social distancing. Other residents found it near impossible to pay by phone.

“The council should have gone one step further and suspended parking charges for a longer period of time to encourage more residents to shop locally and help aid the recovery of small businesses.”

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