'Significant financial implications' to bringing back cash parking to Barnet says senior politician

Times Series: Councillor Cohen says he is looking forward to seeing the recommendations of the task and finish group Councillor Cohen says he is looking forward to seeing the recommendations of the task and finish group

Reintroducing cash parking meters in Barnet would have “significant financial implications”, the councillor in charge of policy has warned.

Barnet Borough Council announced this morning it has charged a five-person panel with the task of assessing the success of the borough’s controversial switch to pay-by-phone.

The task and finish group, made up of Conservative and Labour councillors, will look at the possibility of reintroducing cash parking before making their recommendations to the council’s cabinet committee.

But Councillor Dean Cohen, cabinet member for environment, which includes parking, warned that any U-turn must be financially sound.

He said: “There is obviously a significant financial implication to introducing cash meters and that money will obviously have to be found from somewhere.”

“I have already conducted a review of parking across the high street over the past year and that has been a real success. I am now looking at a complete review of parking policy in the borough including the wider impact of parking charges and restrictions.

“We have already conducted some focus groups with residents on the early stages of this. I will be very interested to see the conclusion of the task and finish group which will be a useful contribution to this review.”

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2:57pm Wed 5 Feb 14

BarnetTrader says...

“There is obviously a significant financial implication to introducing cash meters and that money will obviously have to be found from somewhere.”

Errrr .... from the meters?
“There is obviously a significant financial implication to introducing cash meters and that money will obviously have to be found from somewhere.” Errrr .... from the meters? BarnetTrader
  • Score: 11

4:02pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Buzzing Helen says...

What about cost to Traders, who can afford it even less...

A dying high st?

Our elderely do not have phones or credit cards. We are told that we have an ageing population in Barnet. Common sense.

I also know from personal experience that these meters often do not work

It still takes an age to register

You cannot always get through

Paying by phone is no guarantee that a parking ticket will not be issued, over zealous unhelpful and obstructive parking attendants certainly make sure of that. Appeals against parking tickets has rocketed.

I find that people will not take the chance and I am often told that people refrain from coming to the high st mainly because of the pay by phone and level of charges.

North Finchley N12 has always been a thriving high st. Not any more... The MAIN reason is the parking situation

Politicians need to listen. They need to experience. They need to remember that they are elected to do OUR bidding. Not what they think we need. Whatever it costs, most people want the coin meters back and cheaper parking charges
What about cost to Traders, who can afford it even less... A dying high st? Our elderely do not have phones or credit cards. We are told that we have an ageing population in Barnet. Common sense. I also know from personal experience that these meters often do not work It still takes an age to register You cannot always get through Paying by phone is no guarantee that a parking ticket will not be issued, over zealous unhelpful and obstructive parking attendants certainly make sure of that. Appeals against parking tickets has rocketed. I find that people will not take the chance and I am often told that people refrain from coming to the high st mainly because of the pay by phone and level of charges. North Finchley N12 has always been a thriving high st. Not any more... The MAIN reason is the parking situation Politicians need to listen. They need to experience. They need to remember that they are elected to do OUR bidding. Not what they think we need. Whatever it costs, most people want the coin meters back and cheaper parking charges Buzzing Helen
  • Score: 9

6:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Neville Longbottom says...

"North Finchley N12 has always been a thriving high st," more like a sh1thole. Sh1t shops, sh1t food and my face ios bait; please tell me why you're still playing games.

Kano in da house.
"North Finchley N12 has always been a thriving high st," more like a sh1thole. Sh1t shops, sh1t food and my face ios bait; please tell me why you're still playing games. Kano in da house. Neville Longbottom
  • Score: -8

11:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

harvey_uk says...

Cohen your a muppet. You said you would sort out this parking fiasco left behind by the person you were replacing (Coleman), but you've done nothing but fail. Couldn't even get the replacement of the bins right. You should resign, you weren't voted for by the people, just got your job through the 'community connections'.
Cohen your a muppet. You said you would sort out this parking fiasco left behind by the person you were replacing (Coleman), but you've done nothing but fail. Couldn't even get the replacement of the bins right. You should resign, you weren't voted for by the people, just got your job through the 'community connections'. harvey_uk
  • Score: 7

9:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

james smyth says...

Oh no.
Here we go again
I thought the traders had realised by now that it isn't the parking putting people off going to the shops .......its the actual shops themselves!
Who wants to go into a shop where the traders are whinging all the time about how hard things are ......blah blah blah.
Move on , stock what people want and cheer up
Oh no. Here we go again I thought the traders had realised by now that it isn't the parking putting people off going to the shops .......its the actual shops themselves! Who wants to go into a shop where the traders are whinging all the time about how hard things are ......blah blah blah. Move on , stock what people want and cheer up james smyth
  • Score: -7

5:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

I've never had any problems with the "pay by card" system myself. - Seems quite convenient given that I never carry cash these days.
I don't use North Finchley high street though, the MAIN reasons being that I don't like the restaurants that it offers and I do all my food/clothes shopping online.
I've never had any problems with the "pay by card" system myself. - Seems quite convenient given that I never carry cash these days. I don't use North Finchley high street though, the MAIN reasons being that I don't like the restaurants that it offers and I do all my food/clothes shopping online. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -3

7:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Mmm. Not awfully sure one should describe Dean Cohen as a 'senior politician'. And how amusing to see the Tories graciously considering to dismantle their own parking mess up and present it as something for which we should be grateful. Apart from the fact that cash parking should never have been withdrawn, the real fault in all this lies in the actual contract with NSL: as usual Barnet Tories have proved themselves incapable of procuring any contract or monitoring its efficiency with any sense. And if they can't manage the parking contract, what hope do we have with the two massive Capita contracts?

We have a chance in May to throw this lot out - over to you, now, the long suffering taxpayers and residents of Barnet, to make sure that happens.
Mmm. Not awfully sure one should describe Dean Cohen as a 'senior politician'. And how amusing to see the Tories graciously considering to dismantle their own parking mess up and present it as something for which we should be grateful. Apart from the fact that cash parking should never have been withdrawn, the real fault in all this lies in the actual contract with NSL: as usual Barnet Tories have proved themselves incapable of procuring any contract or monitoring its efficiency with any sense. And if they can't manage the parking contract, what hope do we have with the two massive Capita contracts? We have a chance in May to throw this lot out - over to you, now, the long suffering taxpayers and residents of Barnet, to make sure that happens. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Mrs Angry, could you please take your electoral campaigning to the Barnet Labour Party website where it belongs. This is teh comments section of a news outlet, not a platform for party political lobbying.
If you support your party so vigorously, get away from your laptop for a minute and knock on some doors!
No wonder kids don't get enough exercise these days...
Mrs Angry, could you please take your electoral campaigning to the Barnet Labour Party website where it belongs. This is teh comments section of a news outlet, not a platform for party political lobbying. If you support your party so vigorously, get away from your laptop for a minute and knock on some doors! No wonder kids don't get enough exercise these days... AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -5

9:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

You don't fool me says...

The contract with NSL is going to be very embarrassing to them as well as very expensive. Get the cheque book ready Barnet Council!
The contract with NSL is going to be very embarrassing to them as well as very expensive. Get the cheque book ready Barnet Council! You don't fool me
  • Score: 1

9:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Cadwallader says...

Those of us old enough to remember the indecent haste with which the council did away with the old Pay-and-Display machinery, will quite probably still feel that they wanted to make sure a cash parking system was going to be difficult and expensive to restore. This measure was intended to scupper any last minute attempts to stop the phone/card system by people who (in very large numbers) thought the new scheme would be the disaster it is.

The council appointed Brian "Not-In-The-Least-Bi

t-Unhinged" Coleman to the position of cheerleader and coordinator of the new Scorched Earth parking system, possibly because they could already see what a hash they'd made of it, and possibly because they just hate everybody.

At some stage, a deeply unpopular and vigorously opposed policy was approved, and the "make it impossible to put back" clause was included. Either it was voted on in the committee stage, or in open council. I doubt if Brian Coleman came up with the idea himself.

No trial period was declared. No attempt was made to forecast the effect on businesses around the borough. Concerned citizens were ignored, and in the completion and execution of the scheme, Mr Coleman roundly derided and belittled all opposition in that particularly endearing way he has.

Those responsible for this predictable (predicted indeed!) and expensive failure are traceable, and should be held to account, both for the damage to the borough's business community, and the replacement of the ticketing infrastructure and administration,

Being elected or appointed to public office does not give people carte blanche to play fast and loose with public money and resources. They wasted all that money, let them at least contribute to putting things right.
Those of us old enough to remember the indecent haste with which the council did away with the old Pay-and-Display machinery, will quite probably still feel that they wanted to make sure a cash parking system was going to be difficult and expensive to restore. This measure was intended to scupper any last minute attempts to stop the phone/card system by people who (in very large numbers) thought the new scheme would be the disaster it is. The council appointed Brian "Not-In-The-Least-Bi t-Unhinged" Coleman to the position of cheerleader and coordinator of the new Scorched Earth parking system, possibly because they could already see what a hash they'd made of it, and possibly because they just hate everybody. At some stage, a deeply unpopular and vigorously opposed policy was approved, and the "make it impossible to put back" clause was included. Either it was voted on in the committee stage, or in open council. I doubt if Brian Coleman came up with the idea himself. No trial period was declared. No attempt was made to forecast the effect on businesses around the borough. Concerned citizens were ignored, and in the completion and execution of the scheme, Mr Coleman roundly derided and belittled all opposition in that particularly endearing way he has. Those responsible for this predictable (predicted indeed!) and expensive failure are traceable, and should be held to account, both for the damage to the borough's business community, and the replacement of the ticketing infrastructure and administration, Being elected or appointed to public office does not give people carte blanche to play fast and loose with public money and resources. They wasted all that money, let them at least contribute to putting things right. Cadwallader
  • Score: 0

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