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Barnet Police and Barnet Borough Council investigate vandalism of parking signs in North Finchley
Barnet Borough Council has confirmed that it is liaising with the police over the vandalism of parking signs.
Cllr Dean Cohen, cabinet member for the environment, told the Times Series that police are examining CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the vandals.
Cllr Cohen’s comments come after some of North Finchley High Road’s pay-by-phone parking signs were spray painted on Wednesday night.
He said: “This sort of vandalism is a criminal act and a waste of public money.
“We are examining CCTV footage to identify the vandals and are liaising with the police.”
In a statement the council said: “There have been on-going problems of signs being vandalised in and around North Finchley High Road and, as a result, the council has had to replace signs on more than one occasion.
“We will continue monitor the area and replace them as and when necessary.
“In the meantime, we advise motorists to first try and find a bay without a vandalised sign, if this is not possible, then to use one of the nearby off-street car parks such as Lodge Lane, Stanhope Road, and Castle Road.”
The vandalism has left North Finchley’s drivers “bemused” as it means people cannot read the phone number or parking code on the sign.
Helen Michael, owner of Cafe Buzz in High Road, said: “I believe this is done as a protest.
“It is not the first time it has happened. It has been going on for four or five months.
“I understand the reasons that people are doing this but I don’t condone criminal damage.”
While Ms Michael is vehemently opposed to Barnet Borough Council’s parking policy she does not believe that this latest protest is helping struggling traders.
She said: “I don’t think it is doing the traders any favours.
“People don’t want to take the risk of getting a fine so, if they don’t know how to pay, they will just leave.
“I have seen a lot of people looking bemused.”