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Residents should have received the consultation on Controlled Parking Zones this week. Camden is asking for feedback on whether to extend the hours during which the parking controls operate. Currently, these are 8.30am to 6.30pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays, with no restrictions on Sunday. It is obviously tricky to balance the competing needs of residents and those visiting them or the shops, restaurants and cinema in the Brunswick, and there is also the general desire to minimise traffic in the centre of town. Personally, I can see both sides of the argument: tranquility is very important to me but I do worry that if controls are increased it will create a barrier for my visitors. At the moment, my brother and his children can come down to see me and play in Coram’s Fields at the weekend, but they are unlikely to do so if they have to pay for parking or use public transport (a bus and tube journey with three young children and two bikes: any volunteers?).
What do you think? The consultation is also available online at https://consultations.wearecamden.org/ and is open until Monday 11th February.