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Free parking on Caledonian Road will help boost local business

March 26, 2013
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New free parking bays opposite Cally Pool

Half a dozen free short-stay parking bays will soon be available on Caledonian Road. As part of Islington Council’s efforts to support Cally shops and traders, special bays will shortly be marked-out where vehicles may park for up to 20 minutes at a time.

The three maps opposiite and below show the locations of the new parking places.

These free bays will be in addition to existing parking bays for residents and other permit holders in the area.

The Council ran a public consultation using an online questionnaire and this closed on December 18th. All the responses were positive. The Council has now gone through a further legal procedure before earmarking the new bays.

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Additional short-stay parking just north of the Ferodo Bridge

The free parking is one of several initiatives designed to boost local business on the Cally.

Other measures have already been implemented such as a new zebra crossing on the Cally, pavement widening and extension of the Islington 20mph zone to include the main road itself.

The Caledonian Ward Partnership “Team Cally” is developing further plans along with local traders to help shops and cafes to increase trade by promoting the area widely and encouraging more local people to use their local shops.

The new weekly Cally Market is one very positive example of Team Cally’s efforts to promote the area and bring-in new and attractive trade. The market is located between Offord Road and Bridegman Road and opens every Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

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Extra parking bays opposite Kember Street and the Co-op

The street market has a great range of fresh produce and original designs – including delicattessen foods, fresh cheeses, cakes, artisan breads and farm-produced butchers.

In response to public demand last year, Team Cally and the Council have begun to develop a new spatial plan for the Cally. This will set-out new binding policies that developers must follow when seeking planning permissions.

The plan is likely to support the survival of small independent shops and businesses. Unlike most high streets, the Cally has very few chain multiple retailers or cafes and most local people want to retain this character.

A steering group is currently discussing the specific redevelopment ideas. Plans include improving the appearance of run-down shop fronts and decreasing the number of empty shops and permanently shuttered premises.

At the same time, the Council is about to embark on an exercise to “de-clutter” the Cally – by removing things like unnecessary signs, posts and redundant telephone boxes.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. bernadette fisher permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:20 pm

    So glad this is progressing. You should come and visit Whitstable which is famous for its independent shops. Good Luck. Bernadette.

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  2. Jan Dorling permalink
    April 6, 2013 2:26 pm

    Be nice to know when these will be available?

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