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18.11.2010 | Ham & High
Parking revenues: local authorities are having a laugh THE correspondent who warns on this page about the impact of new parking charges in the Broadway area is right to be concerned. His anxiety is shared by many traders who are experiencing tough times, and by residents who will see their parking charges rocket.
There isn’t a local authority in the land which doesn’t exploit parking, and parking offences, to swell their coffers. The very idea that people must now pay for a permit to par k outside their own homes has become acceptable practice. The penalties for parking infringements are way out of kilter with the severity of the ‘crime’. Many a motorist has faced a bill of hundreds of pounds after being clamped and towed for a relatively minor offence. Of course, many lazy, careless or antisocial parkers deserve what they get, but there have been countless stories of the jaw-dropping exploits of parking wardens and clamping firms operating with impunity under the sanction of a ‘caring’ local authority.
Some local authorities are worse than others and up until now, Haringey has had one of the better reputations as far as London is concerned. Nearby, both Westminster and Camden have regularly topped the charts for parking revenues, bringing in around £40 million a year and earning, in the process, criticism for what many see as ruthless exploitation of the motorist. In these harsh economic times, Westminster has plans to employ 50 more wardens at a cost of some £2million. Obviously it intends to recoup the outlay, and then some.
Just down the road, Islington is abandoning its free parking scheme in the Archway area. Traders and residents liked the refreshingly innovative scheme, so what went wrong? It’s difficult to escape the conclusion that the council just couldn’t bear to see parking revenues dip in that area, even if the scheme greatly benefited businesses who themselves produce considerable revenues, both for the council and the country.
18.11.2010 | Ham & High
by Rhiannon Evans
Concern as council increases permits by 66 per cent and doctors’ by £200 a year.
PLANS to double the cost of Crouch End and Muswell Hill pay and display tickets and increase the price of doctor’s parking charges by £200 have been given the green light by Haringey councillors.
Labour party members at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday agreed the plans, which will also see residential permits rocket by up to 66 per cent – there will now be a statutory 21 day consultation on the scheme, and they will come into effect unless there are “major objections”.
Introducing the report, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Cllr Nilgun Canver, said she was confident Haringey would retain its place in the middle of the London-wide parking charges table as she expected other boroughs to also increase their prices. She also welcomed the introduction of a special permit for carers.
The plans would see an hour’s parking in Muswell Hill, Crouch End and Green Lanes rise from £1.40 to £3, a move branded extortionate by traders in the Broadway last week.
Doctors in the borough will no longer pay £45 a year for a parking space, but will instead each have to shell out £240 for a permit to bring them in line with the charges other businesses face.
Cabinet member Dilek Dogus backed the plans, saying: “I think it’s only right the council treat doctors as businesses, because that’s essentially what they are. “I really value the work they do, but to give them a discount where they are still businesses is not right in this financial climate.”
Leader Cllr Claire Kober agreed, saying: “It is under a pound a day and we would argue most GPs have a significantly higher income that many of our small business owners and I think parking for under a pound a day is OK.”
Visitor permits will also increase by 50 per cent, traders’ charges will go up 20 per cent, as will business permits.
Liberal Democrat councillor for Crouch End Lyn Weber questioned the amount of money being raised by the parking department, stating the service had raked in £3million in 2009/10, but Cllr Kober countered: “This was a service that was not covering its costs, but in the new world of the council we are going to have to look at these things because the cuts we are facing are savage.” Speaking after the meeting Cllr Weber called on the authority to state publicly how much the new charges will raise and why the council has targeted business users and customers.
“The Labour council has decided to hike charges that will hit local independent businesses and shopkeepers at the worst possible time.
“Many have struggled through the recession and now the council want to hit traders when they are down,” she said.
“By doubling the charges for shoppers visiting Green Lanes, Crouch End and Muswell Hill, the council has given the green light for an exodus of shoppers out of our town centres, to Brent Cross, Westfield and other boroughs.” “The Council need to make public the evidence that their proposals are fair and sustainable.”
MP for the area Lynne Featherstone also slammed the increases, saying: “It is very concerning that, at a time when some local businesses are struggling to get back on their feet, the council are hitting them with higher charges.”
11.11.2010 | Ham & High
by Rhiannon Evans
A Haringey Council review of all parking costs recommends charges should increase from £45 to £240 for doctors parking permits, while pay and display tickets in Muswell Hill and Crouch End look set to more than double from £1.40 to £3 an hour.
Residents permits will increase by up to 66 per cent – depending on engine size – and everything from traders’ to business permits could also rocket.
Doctor’s surgeries and traders in Muswell Hill and Crouch End say the increases will be bad for business.
Crouch End trader Chris Freeman said: “While appreciating Haringey has financial problems, to clobber an easy target like this is extortionate.”
The review into parking, which will be voted on by cabinet members on Tuesday, states: “Given the unique range of challenges faced by local government, it is important to continually review service provision to ensure costs and charges are appropriate and will remain so.”
It also says it aims to bring Haringey’s charges in line with the London average. The authority is currently ranked 14 out of 21 authorities for the cost of its residents’ permits. If the changes go ahead, they will jump to ninth.
If the report is agreed, a consultation would take place. But the document states that, if no “major objections” are received, the charges will be implemented by officers without another vote or discussion at council.
At the moment, doctors surgeries pay £45 a year for a parking bay, which can be shared by various vehicles. But under the latest plans, this would rocket to £240 for a single permit – meaning each vehicle would be subject to the new higher charge.
Practice manager Lesley Mayo, of the Dukes Avenue Surgery in Muswell Hill, said that, with nine doctors, they would be severely hit. “It’s a bit of a shock – we are a non-profit organisation, not a business,” she said.
“Increasing the cost of bays from £45 to £240 would be bad enough but to change it to permits as well is an astonishing increase. If this goes through we would seriously have to consider how we would manage our vehicles.”
Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Green Lanes pay and display bays are currently ranked as “medium occupancy areas” meaning tickets are in the middle band of Haringey’s pricing.
But as well as hiking prices in all three categories across the borough, tickets in these areas will now be charged in the “high occupancy” band – leading to an increase from £1.40 to £3 for shoppers.
A document released at full council last month showed Green Lanes, Muswell Hill and Crouch End Broadway were all in the top four roads in the borough for generating revenue in parking fines. Green Lanes was also revealed as the most ticketed road in the country.
Mr Freeman said: “It will be detrimental to the high street. It will drive people away to the one-stop supermarkets where car parking is free and it will have an adverse effect on trade and jobs.”
Muswell Hill traders’ group co-chairwoman Emma Whittlestone added: “Parking is already a problem for us. People already complain about it. So this will make it even harder for us.”
A council spokesman said: “These charges are the first such rises since the reviews of 2007/8. Increased charges in Muswell Hill, Green Lanes and Crouch End will encourage a regular turnover of visitors to town centres. Doctors’ charges have not been increased for 10 years and their rates have been brought in line with business charges.”
21.10.2010 | Hornsey Journal
By Daisy Jestico
Households in controlled parking zones will be expected to pay up to £150 per year to park a single car outside their homes, if the council votes through conrtoversial increases next week.
And busy shopping strips like Crouch End, Green Lanes and Muswell Hill will be regraded as “high usage” areas, meaning the cost of a pay and display ticket would more than double from the current £1.40 per hour to £3 per hour.
Clive Carter, secretary of the Stroud Green Residents’ Association, said: “Many people will throw their hands up in despair at these charges. It is another tiny bit of the fallout from the failure to regulate the banks and motorists have to pay. It is unfair and I just wish the council would come clean about why they’re doing this.”
He added that he hoped they could “admit that Parking Services are a profit centre and are a substitute for taxation”.
The proposed increases to resident’s permits – of between 30 and 60 per cent – will see Haringey become one of the most expensive places to park in London. The borough currently has the 14th highest permit charges, but if the increases are approved Haringey will rise to eighth – with the same costs as upmarket Hammersmith and Fulham.
Residents paying £15 per year will see their permit rise to £20, those paying £30 will pay £50, those paying £60 will pay £95, and those with gas guzzling vehicles paying £90 will pay £150.
Current concessions for elderly and vulnerable residents will remain. Visitors’ permits will go up too – a two-hour scratch card from 40p to 60p, and a daily scratchcard from £2 to £3 – as will business permits, and the cost of placing a skip on the street will rise by 75 per cent to £70.
A report submitted to the council’s cabinet could be approved when it meets on Tuesday. Chief financial officer Gerald Almeroth says in the report: “The proposed charges should bring Haringey more in line with the London average for permit charges.
“The exact level of additional income generated will depend on usage levels but it is expected that the revised charges will address the base issues within the parking account and contribute towards the savings the council will be required to deliver in future years.”
30.10.2010 | Ham & High
By Rhiannon Evans
Residents’ own survey found majority of people were against Haringey Council’s plans.
A controlled parking zone has been introduced in a Fortis Green residential area despite the majority of homeowners being against it.
Hassan Esfandiary and Geoffrey Ferris were so confused by the installation of the permit zone in Lynmouth Road after a fast-track consultation that they decided to carry out their own questionnaire in the road.
They found 29 of their neighbours were against the scheme, while only 10 supported it.
Haringey Council claims it agreed to consult on and then introduce the CPZ in Lymouth Road and nearby Francis and Eastern Roads in response to residents’ concerns about parking pressures.
Mr Esfandiary says local councillor Martin Newton then surveyed the top half of the road to check if they wanted to be included in the scheme. As a result, the whole road was included.
But Mr Esfandiary says their survey shows people in both parts of the road were actually against it.
He said: “Nobody in this road had a problem parking – this is just absolute nonsense.
“For the council to promote this and make out it’s a democratic process and then to do it by misrepresenting the facts really annoys me – we are not stupid.
“Our survey shows 29 against and 10 for it. So how on earth did the council come to their conclusions?”
Fellow Lynmouth Road resident Mr Ferris added: “I think this is undemocratic. I’m not against CPZs but I’m against them being put in when people have said they don’t want them.”
Cllr Newton said he was merely checking the council’s assertion that the top of Lynmouth Road wanted to be included in the CPZ.
He added: “In general, the response was that, if it was going ahead, they preferred to be included in the CPZ. I think, overall, we achieved the right balance.”
A Haringey Council spokeswoman said: “The Fortis Green CPZ was introduced to address parking displacement from the East Finchley CPZ, operated by Barnet Council.
“An extension to the CPZ was proposed following representations from the local community regarding parking issues in the area, including displacement from the East Finchley and Fortis Green CPZs. A petition calling for an extension of the zone included signatures from 25 residents of Lynmouth Road, as well as signatures from residents of Eastern Road and Lauradale Road.
“Our surveys also indicated that the greatest stress on parking was experienced in those three roads.
“The recommendation to extend the CPZ to Lynmouth, Eastern and Lauradale Roads only, was supported by Haringey Council’s consultation and by ward councillors, who discussed the scheme with residents.”
Meanwhile, Barnet Council has revealed they may call a halt on all new CPZs unless they can be funded by private development.
21.10.2010 | Hornsey Journal
By Daisy Jestico
MORE than £580,000 in parking fines in just one year is sapping the “lifeblood” out of the Crouch End shopping district, it is claimed.
Shoppers and traders were outraged to hear that Haringey Council raised the hefty sum last year for tickets issued in The Broadway, Crouch End Hill and Tottenham Lane.
It amounts to more than £10,000 a week, with £322,594 being collected in The Broadway alone – a stretch of just over 500 feet.
Chris Freeman, chairman of the Crouch End Traders’ Association and owner of Dunn’s Bakery, said: “That is a huge sum of money. All these tickets and cameras drive shoppers away from the traditional high streets and straight into supermarket car parks.
“We always have to tell shoppers to be careful and re-read the notices because they can be misleading and confusing, but unfortunately it just means that people stop coming.” Wardens also handed out £148,660 in fines in Tottenham Lane and another £115,218 in fines in Crouch End Hill, during the same period from April 2009 to April 2010.
The average charge paid is £100, suggesting there were about 5,800 tickets issued in the area. Parking bays on these roads are notoriously confusing, with motorists often baffled by conflicting parking notices and bus lane restrictions.
Under the council’s “stop and shop” scheme, drivers can park for up to two hours in Crouch End according to the council’s website, but confusingly signs say parking is allowed for up to three hours in Tottenham Lane and Crouch End Hill.
Traders also claim restrictions make it almost impossible for them to load and unload deliveries outside their shops. And with patrolling wardens and CCTV cameras trained on the shopping strip, it is feared motorists are being turned into a council “cash cow”. Graham Powell, owner of Graham Fine Art, in Crouch End Hill, said: “It seems like an astronomical amount of money that could be better spent in local shops.” He said his customers had often complained about the parking restrictions and had been put off coming back by the fear of being ticketed. Green Lanes, in nearby Harringay, has also named as the most ticketed road in the country with £564,000 levied by the council in parking fines in 2009 on a 1.5 mile stretch. But that pales in comparision to The Broadway, which has racked up fines of more than £322,000 on a stretch just 0.1 miles long. Crouch End ward councillor David Winskill said: “Effectively, Haringey Council is extracting over half a million pounds from the Crouch End shopping centre. Labour said a great deal about supporting small businesses but if you add up all the financial support they have put in over the past three years I would raise serious money that it comes nowhere near what they’ve taken out. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Haringey economy.”
A council spokesman said the penalty charge notices were issued to drivers for parking outside the designated hours with other contraventions including parking at pedestrian crossings and bus stops, double parking and overstaying the time paid for on a pay and display machine. He added: “We have reviewed parking arrangements in both areas and extended parking provision. We are seeing much higher levels of compliance with restrictions.”
14.10.2010 | Ham & High
Police were forced to meet Haringey Council over plans to extend CPZs on either side of the Broadway with concerns staff would be unable to park near the Safer Neighbourhoods base in Crouch Hall Road, affecting around 30 officers.
And a tradesman this week warned small businesses are being charged “double bubble” as a result of the proposals and could have to charge local customers more for their services.
After extended campaigns by those living on the edge of the current CPZs, Haringey Council agreed to a 21-day “fast-track” consultation on whether to extend the CPZs on either side of the Broadway, bringing much of Crouch End under parking permit controls for at least a few hours a day.
But local shop owners, residents and now police have objected to both the scheme and its hasty consultation.
The consultation ended on Friday, with local police visiting the council asking for allowances for staff parking.
Miles Newby of Dashwood Road is a local builder – if the CPZ extends he will have to pay for permits for his personal vehicle, van and then for guest permits if the area he works in has a CPZ. Currently he is paying £33 a day to work in a nearby road in the Islington CPZ and says further charges end up being paid by the customer.
“We are all going to have to knuckle down and accept it but it’s another running cost I have to pay,” he said.
“I get double bubble because when I work I have to pay for permits and when I get home I have to pay as well.
“It’s just something that is totally unnecessary and is yet another tax on the motorist.” On Friday, Haringey Park resident Lee Levitt submitted a petition of more than 500 people against the CPZ extension – more than the original petition in favour of it. “There’s still a lot of opposition to extending the CPZ from within the zones,” he said.
“People are going to have to pay to park, they think it will be bad for local traders and they feel it’s being imposed on them – it’s not necessarily going to mean you can find a parking space near your house.”
Local shop owners have also rallied against the proposals. Owner of Foto Plus, Mohamed Hussein, said: “We are of the firm belief that the combination of parking restrictions and lack of public transport access will result in us losing most of our regular customers.
“The shoppers who currently use Crouch End Broadway as their local high street will be deterred either by the inconvenience of actually getting there or by the inconvenience and expense of parking there.
“This will force businesses like ours to shut or relocate, which cannot be in the interests of those parties that the proposals are aimed at protecting.”
A council spokesman said: “We can confirm that the police have made representations regarding staff parking, should the Crouch End CPZ be extended as proposed. We will consider these along with all representations received as part of the statutory process.
“Our priority is to address residents’ parking issues, although consideration will also be given to support for essential services where possible.”
The council is now considering the consultation response before making its decision.
7.10.2010 | Hornsey Journal
The current action of haringey Council to introduce further CPZs, without a coherent overall strategy, is irresponsible.
The consequences for the roads which remain outside the scheme are entirely predictable and unacceptable.
If the council can now use “exceptional powers” to introduce CPZs in further roads at short notice, it is unreasonable to leave other roads, which are already badly affected, outside the scheme.
The current consultation has the title “front-line”. We live on a CPZ “front-line” at the eastern end of Mount View Road, close to Haringey station.
We border on a region of Controlled Parking Zones extending into the Congestion Charge area in the south, and are already feeling the effects of the creeping CPZs around Crouch End in the north.
The roads round here are routinely used as a free parking space by the owners of commercial vehicles – vans, trucks, taxis, etc – for overnight and weekend parking. During the day, the roads are clogged with cars belonging to commuters going to Haringey station.
Some vehicles, such as camper vans and broken down cars, belonging to people living miles away, in other boroughs, are parked virtually permanently in these roads. Derelict and abandoned vehicles are allowed to hog spaces until their tax discs expire.
There is nowhere for residents to park. Yet these roads have not been included in the current proposals to extend CPZs.
When local residents have asked Haringey Council to allow us to be included in any CPZ extension, we have been told that the problem is of our own making and so we must suffer.
The council takes the attitude that the problems we are now experiencing are our own fault, because we voted against the introduction of a CPZ, when we were originally offered one, several years ago. This is daft!
When we were last consulted, we obviously did not know how the surrounding roads were responding, until after the close of the consultation when all the results were announced.
At that time we still hoped that everyone would say “No”. The council has insisted that we are not due for a further consultation for several years and continues to do nothing about the problem. A responsible strategy for Controlled Parking Zones would mean that ALL the roads in a rationally defined area would be included, or there should be NO CPZs at all, avoiding the problems created by the borders.
– Sue Carroll, Mount View Road, N4.
7.10.2010 | Ham & High
Mixture of outrage and relief over fast-tracked Broadway CPZ A CHANGE to parking rules in Crouch End has divided the community. Haringey Council has “fasttracked” plans to extend the Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) either side of the Broadway because they claim there has been an overwhelming public desire for it, meaning residents have only had 21 days to have their say.
Under the plans, between 10am and 12pm only permit holders will be able to use the additional roads to the east of the Broadway, and to the west only homeowners can park between 2pm and 4pm. Many residents have long petitioned for the extension after being flooded with displaced cars from the original CPZ and the tight restrictions in Islington.
They say commuters and business owners leave their cars in their roads for days and weeks, meaning they are unable to park near their homes and hope the daily restriction will prevent this.
But while those residents rejoiced when Haringey said they would fast-track the usual lengthy consultation process, others have slammed the move including traders and those both living inside and just outside the new CPZ areas. Danny Freedman’s Ivy Gardens home is set to fall within CPZ extension A and claims more than 400 people living on roads inside the planned extension do not want the permits and have signed a petition making their point to the council.
He said: “I don’t think we should pay for what we get for free now. I think it favours some people against others, it particularly helps people who pop in and out during the day as opposed to people who go to work all day and I don’t think the council has given good reasons for it.
“It also encourages people to pave over their front gardens and I think it’s an underhand way of collecting more money. I think the fact it has been fast-tracked is outrageous.”
Residents living on the fringes of the newly-planned extension fear they will now be placed in the same situation of taking displaced non-permit holders.
And traders say their businesses are set to be hugely affected. Helene Allen, owner of Little Paris, said: “We will have less customers for sure because it’s already really difficult to park.
“I’m really sure this will affect our business. Customers always say they can’t park or stay longer than two hours.”
However, Tec Fawcett, who campaigned with a petition of more than 250 people vigorously for 18 months for the CPZ B to be extended, said: “This is important because we are suffering. We have got quite a lot of people here with young families and older infirm people who have difficulties walking to their cars.
“We are not against the traders and we don’t think they will be affected because with the commuters removed there will be spaces during the day for shoppers. We support them and we would expect them to support us when we can’t park.” Lorraine Griffiths, who also campaigned for CPZ A to be extended said one van had been parked opposite her house for four months as roads on all sides of her Gladwell Road home are in a CPZ.
“We have been squeezed,” she said. “I have neighbours with two or three children who have to park two or three roads away.” People have until tomorrow (October 8) to have their say. Send an email to frontline.consultation@ haringey.gov.uk or go to www.haringey.gov.uk.
06.10.10 | Evening Standard
By Mark Blunden
Drivers baffled by 16 parking rules on road that’s netted Haringey council £564,000 in fines
An “army” of parking attendants, backed up by CCTV, issue the equivalent of 33 tickets a day over the one-and-a-half-mile section of Green Lanes. The single stretch of road made Haringey council £564,000 in penalty charge revenues from illegal parking last year.
Drivers blame conflicting parking restrictions, which are different on each side of the street, and confusing signs giving three sets of instructions.
The Standard also found small pieces of paper wedged inside meters which give even more times when parking is permitted.
Traders say they are now forced to make announcements to their customers about when parking restrictions come into force and warn them when wardens descend.
Drivers trying to find a parking space on the busiest section of Green Lanes are confronted with a sign on each side of the road, dictating a combined 16 sets of parking times.
Those driving south towards Finsbury Park are told they cannot park between 7am and 10am on weekdays, while those heading north cannot park between 4pm and 7pm.
Parking is banned on Saturdays between 5pm and 7pm, traditionally the busiest time of the week for many of the Turkish-run shops. A separate set of pay and display instruction is also given for both sides.
Jo Abbott, of the RAC Foundation said: “Green Lanes is an arcane and complicated set of parking restrictions, and it seems Haringey council is deliberately exploiting the confusion to raise exorbitant revenue from parking fines.
“The council has a fundamental obligation to ensure that the parking arrangements are simple and clearly signed on the street, and they are unambiguously comprehensible. We challenge Haringey to demonstrate that they are meeting their obligations.”
Birsen Tuna, manager of the Yasar Halim bakery, said: “The signs are very confusing. We’ve been to meetings and told the council, who listen but don’t do anything about it.”
Shefik Mehmet, 64, chairman of Harringay traders’ association, said: “All day Saturday there is no parking and an army of traffic wardens wait to catch people. To add to the confusion the residents’ bays and pay-and-display are all mixed up.”
A Haringey spokeswoman said: “The signs and instructions are standard and can be seen in other London boroughs along main roads. They comply with all regulations and we have few successful appeals in this area.”
16.9.2010 | Ham & High
‘Consultation muddled by council CPZ blunder’
A consultation on whether the Crouch End controlled parking zones A and B should be extended after considerable local pressure and petitioning in recent months is set to be delivered by the council. CPZs impose several hours a day in which drivers must pay or have a permit to park their vehicles in a bid to tackle motorists from other areas seeking to leave their car for long periods of time free.
They were introduced either side of the Broadway in February 2009. But since then, surrounding roads have been forced to take the burden of vehicles displaced from the zone. This has led to residents mounting several campaigns for the council to fast-track a plan to extend the scheme – a wish granted earlier this year.
But the map in the latest consultation document, showing the changes planned to the CPZ, has been incorrectly labelled. It shows the B zone extending on either side of the Broadway, instead of marking its extension to the west and the A zone to the east. Had the map gone out, residents could have become confused and bought the wrong permits for their road.
When the mistake was spotted by ward councillor Lyn Weber, the council acted immediately to reprint the 10,000 maps. The documents will now be delivered across the area this week. Cllr Weber said: “CPZs are contentious at the best of times. The council’s blunder would have muddled the consultation. “Crouch Enders have endured years of parking misery and this mistake is yet another chapter to a long-running saga.”
Jill Eakins lives in Fairfield Road, which is set to be included in the extension of zone A. She said: “I wish they would just extend the CPZ across the whole borough – we are desperate for it in Fairfield Road. “I find it difficult to understand how such a simple mistake could have occurred, costing taxpayers’ money.”
Others were just relieved that a CPZ could finally be on the way. Lorraine Griffiths lives on the edge of zone A in Gladwell Road and is desperate for the extension to be approved.
She said: “These things happen. Providing they have done what they can to put it right, I don’t think it matters. What matters to me is that sooner rather than later I can park in my road rather than three roads away.
“If they are allowed, it would have a huge impact on my life. I don’t expect to be able to park outside my house but I would quite like to park in my own road.”
A Haringey Council spokeswoman said the authority had acted swiftly to rectify the problem and the reprint had only cost £154.
9.9.2010 | Ham & High
Parking rule U-turn will ‘hit traders and shoppers’ pockets’
Hours slashed sparking fears of lost customers and more fines
By Ben Bloom
Visitors are now limited to a sixhour window in which to park with no stopping allowed during morning and evening peak times.
The move comes after regulations were relaxed in a trial period last Christmas and two disabled parking spaces created – both of which have now been removed.
Haringey Council says the change is due to Transport for London (TfL) claims that buses are being affected by parked cars.
But Crouch End councillor Dave Winskill refutes the claim and fears shoppers will suffer by failing to notice the new regulations. he said: “These bays were put in place last year as a result of long negotiations to make it easier for people visiting to park and use the shops and they proved to be a real success.
“Cllr Lyn Weber and I have been aware of haringey’s plans to reverse the timings of these bays and are really concerned that council traffic engineers are accepting without question what TfL is saying about bus hold-ups.
“We object to the change because TfL’s claim that there was congestion has not been demonstrated in any way.”
The regulations brought in last week have seen certain bays on The Broadway limited to parking between 10am and 4pm with only loading allowed between 7am and 10am or 4pm and 7pm.
Last Christmas saw parking allowed between 8am and 6.30pm.
Cllr Weber said: “Iamconcerned that it will cause some confusion. You now have different signage throughout Crouch End and will have people who are used to parking there at different times.” Hours slashed sparking fears of lost customers and more fines
Traders are also disappointed, fearing they will lose customers.
Broadway Fruiterers owner Michael Plastiras has already seen one customer get a parking ticket.
He said: “It’s not good for trade because parking is limited as it is.
“We have already lost customers who would normally pull in and quickly fill a box with fruit and veg. It’s taking people away from us. It’s just another way to help the supermarkets cream it.”
Dunn’s bakery owner Chris Freeman said: “I think it’s a shame that people have been used to parking at a certain time and, what worries me, is that people will carry on parking there and then get parking tickets. The previous regulations made it a bit more user-friendly. I think people were, on the whole, pleased with it. It seemed to be a good idea and this just seems a step back for me.
“I think it will have an adverse effect on trade in the morning and late afternoon. It has taken out a number of bays for six hours a day.”
In a letter to residents, haringey Council said: “The measures, introduced last December, have generally been well received but some concerns have been raised by London Buses at the adverse impact some of the changes have had on bus journeys.
“We therefore intend reverting to the peak waiting and loading restrictions previously in place in two parking bays along The Broadway.” TfL was unable to comment at the time of The Broadway going to press.
2.9.2010 | Hornsey Journal
WHEN the New River Estate was built, local residents were promised by the council that the increase in car ownership would not affect them as those buying homes on the private estate would have private parking.
Recently the residents of the council’s Newland Estate [Miles Road, Moselle Close and part of Newland Road] were the happy recipients of an estate parking scheme.
It was requested due to knock-on parking from the New River Estate where car owners are reluctant to comply with the requirement to purchase/rent parking spaces at £15,000.
As the parking scheme requires permits, and is on a road-by-road basis, and cars not registered to an owner in that road are being clamped and towed and fines issued, vehicles belonging to residents of New River are parking elsewhere in the area. But where?
I wonder who is responsible for parking their cars in Myddleton Road, Hornsey, and blocking the emergency vehicle access?
If I lived on any road served by that emergency vehicle route I would be most concerned that my health safety, and that of my family, was being compromised by inconsiderate drivers. This is a very recent occurrence as this area is normally free of cars.
Are the two issues related I wonder? I am astounded that our over zealous parking wardens have not discovered this potentially dangerous, and financially lucrative, situation. Why is the council ignoring this situation? –
L. Ramm, Campsfield Road, N8.
26.8.2010 | Hornsey Jouranal
‘Bathtub’ plan for allotments down plughole
LAST November, at the Hornsey Area Assembly, I was advised that the Neighbourhood Team had plans to provide a bathtub allotment for the Campsbourne Estate. In January we were invited to an initial meeting where 15 people attended. We were informed that the proposed project was to utilise the unused car parking spaces behind in Newland Road (opposite reservoirs) for a community bathtub allotment using old baths from the Decent Homes works.
A steering group of council officers and residents was formed. Then in April residents or Campsfield Road and the Newland Estate were written to informing us of plans for an estate parking scheme.
Shortly after I noticed that the site supposedly set aside for the allotment was now marked out in what looked suspiciously like parking bays, including a disabled bay.
When I queried this no one on the neighbourhood team knew who had sanctioned of carried out this work as it was not for the allotments.
Then, last week, a friend who lives in Miles Road told me that the bays in the car park are for overflow parking from their estate scheme – that is, drivers without permits. Again I queried this with the neighbourhood team but again they know nothing of this. So, just who, within Haringey Council and Homes for Haringey, knows what is going on? Anyone? No one?
My local Liberal Democrat councillors are trying to establish the truth. If the allocated space is for our promised bathtub allotment why has council tax payers’ money, yet again, been wasted by this council, on painting unwanted parking bays? And just when do they plan to deliver the allotment? – L. Ramm, Campsfield Road, N8.
29.3.2010 | Hornsey Journal
ANGRY” residents and traders are demanding parking bosses put the brakes on a restricted parking zone.
Households in the new Belmont controlled parking zone, off Lordship Lane, Tottenham, claim parking bays are too small for cars to fit and double yellow lines have been sprayed over people’s driveways.
Resident Pantalos Pantelli, 22, raised the concerns at a full council meeting, saying: “We are against a CPZ you have introduced when 70 per cent of residents said no. We think it’s appalling that you went through with it anyway. We feel we have been ignored and we are here to make a stand.
“Our votes will go to the party that is prepared to listen and help us.”
The CPZ, which was set up earlier this year, covers streets between Downhills Way and Westbury Avenue, from Lordship Lane to Downhills Park Road and operates from 8am-6.30pm Monday to Friday.
It was hoped restricted parking would help ease problems at an accident blackspot at the junction of Lordship Lane and Downhills Way. But residents and traders said it was now impossible for them to park and shops were losing drive-by custom.
Councillor Alan Dobbie, of neighbouring Noel Park ward, blasted the consultation, saying: “It’s a sham never letting households express a view and, if they say no, they redraw the boundaries or keep asking again until they get the answers they need.”
Councillor John Bevan, Labour cabinet member for housing, environment and conservation, insisted there was a demand by residents for the CPZ but promised to install extra bays on Downhills Way to ease parking pressures.
He added: “The scheme will be looked at after some time to see if any issues need to be addressed further. We have listened and we have made some changes to the CPZ. But we need to consider carefully the number of accidents on that junction.
24.3.2010 | Haringey Indipendent
By Elizabeth Pears
- Chief-executive-Kevin-Crompton ‘Leave quietly, or get thrown out’: newly-arrived chief executive Kevin Crompton, offered to show protesters the door
TOTAL chaos erupted at a Haringey Council cabinet meeting amid a row over the extension of parking restrictions in Wood Green culminating in the newly-arrived chief executive threatening to have residents thrown out.
Furious with council leader Claire Kober’s “tactless” approval of the plans, enraged residents brought the meeting to a standstill calling on an end to the extension of the Wood Green Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) at the Civic Centre last night.
Cabinet members and council officers were forced to leave the chamber to help defuse the situation, while chief executive Kevin Crompton, who replaced Dr Ita O’Donovan, told the baying crowd to leave the quietly — or face being forcibly removed.
When protesters argued they would not move until councillors agreed to revise their decision even if police were called, Mr Crompton said: “That can be arranged”.
The cabinet meeting was disrupted up to an hour, while councillors Claire Kober, John Bevan, Nilgun Canver, Lorna Reith, Dhiren Basu and Kaushika Amin, walked out, leaving council officers to try and appease the seething group.
The row broke out when Cllr Kober (Labour/Seven Sisters), after listening to two passionate deputations against the extension of the Wood Green Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) to Woodside ward, briskly approved the plans to move on to the next item on the agenda — without asking for a show of hands from her cabinet peers.
It happened so quickly, the packed public gallery did not even realise the plans they are opposed to had been approved. Once the reality of what happened dawned on them, the meeting went into meltdown.
Vivien Rodgers, of Perth Road, said: “I am disgusted. Totally disgusted. They are not even pretending to listen to residents. They have just pushed through another tax on residents by playing the comunity off against one another, street by street, neighbour by neighbour.”
The Woodside CPZ has divided residents. Some have asked for the CPZ to combat commuters parking on their roads, but others in the area, say they simply cannot afford to pay for a resident parking permit or visitor parking.
Ray Grant, campaigning to buy some disused playing fields from Haringey Council, attended the meeting hoping to get a decision over Bull Lane and Pasteur Gardens after a 26-year fight.
Mr Grant, of Aversham Road, said: “Haringey Council are a disgrace. It was Claire Kober’s actions that led to a near-on riot. It was clear that she had made up her mind about the Wood Green CPZ. There was no democracy. The public gallery was full of taxpayers who do not support the CPZ, but they didn’t care.
“It makes me feel that there is nothing to stop them from doing the exact same thing to us. After all the campaiging, all the meetings, all the talking we have done, we are still in limbo. It is very wearying.
“They promised us they would make a decision that night, and they didn’t. I think anyone who attended the meeting last night, now know the council will only do what they want.”
Speaking outside the meeting as protesters chanted “no more CPZ”, Cllr Kober denied underestimating the strength of feeling from residents.
She said: “The people in there represent one view. They do not represent the views of the entire community.”
12.2.2010 | Highgate People
Haringey Council has approved the extension of the outer Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) around Highgate station. The extension follows consultation with local people and is aimed at easing pressures on residential parking around the station.
The CPZ will operate between 10am and noon on Stormont Road, Denewood Road and Sheldon Avenue, and should be in operation by the end of March. The existing Highgate station outer CPZ covers Claremont Road, Stanhope Gardens, Stanhope Road and a small western section of Hurst Avenue.
A statutory consultation was held with residents last summer. Some local groups were initially opposed to the idea of the CPZ, saying most residents had their own off-street parking. A door-to-door
survey conducted last Autumn, however, showed more local people in favour of being included in a CPZ, in response to pressure on parking spaces and other traffic problems in the Highgate area.
The initial proposals included nine roads in the extension, but by agreement with local people the CPZ will now only extend to three of these – Stormont Road, Denewood Road and Sheldon Avenue.
Residents, businesses and visitors will be able to park in marked parking bays by displaying a valid parking permit or visitor voucher. Highgate Station CPZ also currently has a number of Pay and Display bays, charged at 55p per 15 minutes for a maximum of two hours.
Controlled parking zones (CPZs) were first introduced in Haringey in 1994 in order to reduce traffic congestion, improve road safety and promote other forms of transport.
A spokesperson for Haringey Council added, “We believe the extension will have a positive impact on tackling the problems caused by commuter parking in the area.”