Information about my work as a Labour Councillor for East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Residents still angry about parking

During our stall in East Finchley, I was struck by how residents are still very angry about the parking fiasco. They do not like the pay by phone parking system, and they are concerned by how poor a system it is- sometimes sending the confirmation message half an hour later, well after they had left! They were getting ticketed as a result, and were having difficulty appealing the ticketing.

Residents in North Finchley also had a nasty surprise- the parking signs had been blacked out, meaning shoppers could not see the signs to know the parking regulations. when this is the case, they can park without hindrance. This week the signs were replaced and the parking wardens were quick to ticket people parked "incorrectly". This is why residents are angry and cynical about the process.

There are supposed to be reviews of this and that going on, but no one seems to know what's really happening. I don't know if the council are still reviewing the CPZ in Summerlee, as promised by Cllr Coleman before his defeat. I don't know what they are reviewing, or what the scope is. If it was a real review, they would bring back the parking meters, which is what people tell me they want time and time again.

Rest assured, we won't be letting this go.