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A petition calling for free parking on Haringey’s high streets that was supported by 1,750 people has been handed to Haringey Borough Council.

The campaign, organised by the Liberal Democrats, calls for 30 minutes of free parking to boost trade.

At Wednesday's budget meeting, the party intends to put forward a motion calling for the introduction of the new parking measures, which it says it would fund by slashing the council’s agency staff bill.

Cara Jenkinson, Lib Dem candidate for Muswell Hill and lead petitioner, said: “Haringey Labour's high parking charges encourage people to drive further to out-of-town supermarkets where the parking is free. We want people to be able to stop, park and shop locally.

“Local people clearly want to see the Labour council take some action on parking. I hope councillors on all sides consider that when they vote on the Lib Dem budget amendment proposing free parking on local high streets.”