Traders on Tottenham’s busy High Road say new parking charges are killing their businesses.
Haringey Council introduced parking controls across north Tottenham earlier this month in preparation for the new Spurs stadium and associated regeneration projects.
The Labour-led authority brought in residents’ permits and pay-and-display bays in streets off the High Road following a two-month consultation with residents and business owners.
But traders say that, since the controlled parking zones (CPZs) were introduced, their revenue has declined.
Optician Moaz Nanjuwany, chairman of the Tottenham Traders’ Partnership, said: “My opticians has been here since the 1930s and some of our patients have been with us for years but I have people telling me it’s just too confusing to park.
“The council is killing off the High Road – this is not helping small businesses. We rejected the idea during the consultation but they don’t seem to be taking any notice.”
Many side streets are now restricted to residential permit holders between 8am and 6.30pm, while pay and display bays can charge between £1.20 and £3 for one hour.
Cafer Abaci, owner of the UK Kebab restaurant, said he had lost approximately 20 per cent of his revenues since the restrictions were imposed.
He said: “The kebab shops in Edmonton all have free parking so I’m losing my customers to them – it is terrible.”
Haringey Council said the parking measures were brought in to protect residents parking and support traders on match days, as well as manage demand from new homes shops and schools being built as part of the regeneration.
A total of 1,600 people responded to the consultation before the council’s cabinet committee pressed ahead with the CPZ plans in October.
Ali Hussain, owner of Medina Butchers, said: “Things have been really bad since the parking restrictions came in.
“It is hard enough for us to park now, let alone the customers. I think it’s just revenue they (the council) are after.
“Since the riots, business has declined and they should be doing more to support us.”
A Haringey Council spokesperson said: “We worked closely with the Tottenham Traders Partnership during our extensive eight-week consultation last year, and lowered charges to £1.20 an hour in response to traders’ concerns.
“With the long-term regeneration of Tottenham bringing thousands of new homes and jobs, we’re committed to ensuring that local shops and businesses benefit by making it easier for shoppers to park on the high street.”
The Haringey Independent has contacted the Haringey Labour group for a comment.