Times Series Review of the Year - July

Times Series: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and dozens of torchbearers carried the Olympic Flame on its journey through the borough Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and dozens of torchbearers carried the Olympic Flame on its journey through the borough

Disgruntled traders made the headlines in July as they battled Barnet Council over its controversial parking policy.

Shopkeepers in Russell Lane, East Barnet, raised fears over plans for "pointless" £40,000 parking restrictions.

The proposals were later scrapped, with an apology from councillors for wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money looking into the scheme.

The authority later announced plans to reduce the cost of off-street parking and introduce cheaper visitor permits but traders across the borough said the measures did not go far enough.

Olympic fever hit Hendon towards the end of the month when Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and dozens of torchbearers carried the famous flame on its journey through the borough.

100-year-old Diana Gould became the oldest woman to bear the torch on its route around the UK when she carried it through The Burroughs and up to Middlesex University.

Elsewhere, Barnet FC chairman Tony Kleanthous expressed his “delight” at the club’s impending move out of the borough to its training centre in The Hive, Harrow.

The wet summer continued and torrential rain flooded Oak Hill Park, forcing organisers of the East Barnet Festival to cancel the event at the last minute.

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