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Religious parking success

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-12-03

Parking in Barnet

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Pray and Display, an initiative by the London Borough of Barnet to allow religious and communal leaders to have a special parking permit and be able to easily assist members of their community has been hailed a success.

The scheme allows the holder of the permit the ability to park in residential parking bays, at a cost of £40 a year, across the borough and be at residents homes in times of great need.

Among the popular Jewish areas within Barnet are Golders Green and Hendon.

To date, 44 permits have been issued since the permits were first made available at the start of the summer in an initial six month trail. Off those 44 permits, 16 have been issued to the Jewish faith compared to 13 to Catholic and 1 to Muslim.

"I am delighted that so many religious groups have taken up of our initiative," said Councillor Andrew Harper. "As the only local authority in the United Kingdom to offer such permits, Barnet is leading the way to ensure that residents in their time of need can obtain the care, guidance and support they need from their religious and community leaders."