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18.11.2010 | Ham & High

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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

Haringey’s green light to parking charges hike

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”.
hh18.11.10Introducing 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

Drivers clobbered in 500% parking fee rise

by Rhiannon Evans

PLANNED increases of up to 500 per cent in parking charges have been slammed as “extortionate”.

hh11.11.10A 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

Parking charges to rise by 60 per cent
By Daisy Jestico

PARKING charges are expected to soar across Haringey by up to 60 per cent.
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.
hj11.11.10Clive 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
Fortis Green CPZ installed despite ‘huge opposition’ from homeowner
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
Parking pot of gold
By Daisy Jestico

Tickets earn cash strapped council £580,000 a year.
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.
hj21.10.10Shoppers 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
Traders join police in parking objection
OPPOSITION to extending the controlled parking zone in Crouch End has mounted this week as police and traders stepped in to lodge their objections.
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.
hh14.10.10After 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
Parking zone plan must be all or nothing
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
Parking zone plan splits community
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.
hh7.10.10Under 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@ or go to

06.10.10 | Evening Standard
Drivers baffled by 16 parking rules on road that's netted Haringey council £564,000 in fines

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."

Haringey's wardens issued 12,302 tickets for the street last year, more than any other road in England and Wales.

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’

By Rhiannon Evans

HARINGEY Council has been   forced to reprint 10,000 copies of a   consultation on Crouch End parking   issues after incorrectly labelling   the map.

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 

Crouch End shoppers face confusion  after cuts to parking times  on The Broadway – the second time  regulations have been changed in a  year.

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

Parking problems ignored

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

Residents 'ignored' over parking zone

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
'Riot' at Haringey Council over Wood Green CPZ By Elizabeth Pears

chief executive Kevin Crompton

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

Highgate Station parking restrictions to be extended

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."


10.12.2009 | Hornsey Journal

Pressuree mounts for CPZ review

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for a review on a controlled parking zone (CPZ) - saying jammed roads are driving residents round the bend.

Councillors in Stroud Green have urged parking bosses to carry out a promised review insisting motorists in roads outside the Finsbury Park CPZ should be brought into the scheme and dedicated van parking spots should be included to help traders. The calls come after a 300-strong survey showed that eight out of 10 residents believe parking has got worse over the last year.

Stroud Green ward councillor Richard Wilson said: "It is clear from our survey that the council needs to act now on the increasing problem local residents are having." Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrat), MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, added: "What more evidence does the council need than a 300-strong survey to show they need to give local residents the opportunity to voice their concerns about parking on their street? They promised a review and now they need to deliver it."

A council spokeswoman said: "There are no plans this financial year to consult residents for the possible introduction of parking controls to roads within the Stroud Green area.

"However, a review of the Crouch End and Finsbury Park CPZ is on our provisional 2010/11 Parking Programme. If approved, the review will consult the views of residents on the boundary of these existing CPZs.



18.9.2008 | Haringey Indipendent
CPZ extension approved despite opposition

9.08Four new controlled parking areas in Crouch End were given the go-ahead this week.

After a year-long public consultation, Haringey Council’s cabinet decided to implement a Controlled Parking Zone, or CPZ, in 17 roads in Crouch End.

The plans will extend the current Highgate Station Outer and Finsbury Park CPZs to include neighbouring roads, with restrications in force between 10am and midday, Monday to Friday.

Two new zones, A and B, will be created on either side of Crouch End Hill. Zone A will operate between 10am and midday, and zone B, which includes just Hurst Avenue and Avenue Road will run from 2pm to 4pm.

Councillors at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday agreed to implement the parking controls by March 2009, despite 60 per cent of residents voting against the proposals. There was wider support for controls near the border with Islington, where restrictions are already in place.

Councillor Brian Haley, cabinet member for environment and conservation, said: “I appreciate it’s been a very long drawn out process for residents under siege from Islington’s CPZ.

“We had to come up with something that would help to alleviate this.”

However residents in Granville Road, Stroud Green, have been left out of the plans. Clive Coleman, who has lived on the road for nine years, said life on the road is becoming unbearable and residents are being hemmed in by CPZs.

Speaking at the meeting, he said: “We were upset we weren't included in that consultation. If the new CPZ development comes into being we will be pushed from two sides and it will mean another 60 per cent of people will come and park in our road as that's all that will be left for them. It's pretty catastrophic.

“We are genuinely really really distressed about the prospect of not being able to access our homes by car. It will have a devastating effect on all of us.”

Mr Haley replied: “You’re not down for any kind of review or inclusion and that’s the honest truth of it. I can’t say it’s the end of CPZ for your area but we will come back to it in due course.”

06.08.2008 | BBC London

Residents say NO to Controlled Parking Zone

bbc londonBy Valley Fontaine

Haringey Council announces the findings of a major parking consultation in the N6 and N8 areas of the borough, but is yet to make its decision Haringey Council has announced the findings of a major consultation on whether residents in N8 and N6 would like new parking controls in their roads.

"This was one of the biggest responses we've had to a consultation of this kind. "

Cabinet Member for Environment and Conservation, Cllr Brian Haley

More than 1,250 households responded to the consultation on proposals to introduce a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in residential streets in the area.

The council says plans were drawn up by the council in conjunction with a focus group of local residents and ward councillors in response to increasing concerns about parking pressures in the area, particularly following the introduction of two new CPZs over the borough border in Islington.

Residents were asked if they would like a CPZ introduced in their road:

60% said no;
37 % said yes
3% said don't know

Residents were asked if there was a parking problem in their road:

50% said no;
47% said yes
1% said don't know
2% didn't reply

Those respondents who said no to whether they wanted their road included in a CPZ were then asked whether they would agree a CPZ might be needed in their road if neighbouring roads were included in a zone:

43% said no
37% gave no reply
14% said yes
6% said don't know.

There was clear support for a CPZ in some roads. These include (based on 10 or more responses):

Mount View Road (95 per cent in favour)
Dickenson Road (86 per cent)
Briston Grove (82 per cent)
Claremont Road (82 per cent)
Hurst Avenue (80 per cent)
Tregaron Avenue (75 per cent)
Stanhope Gardens (74 per cent)
Haslemere Road (70 per cent)
Stanhope Road (69 per cent)
Avenue Road (61 per cent)
Elm Grove (60 per cent)

However, the majority of roads were clearly opposed to inclusion in a CPZ. These include:

The Broadway (100 per cent opposed)
Clifton Road (95 per cent)
Drylands Road (94 per cent)
Wolseley Road (93 per cent)
Glasslyn Road (92 per cent)
Landrock Road (86 per cent)
Lynton Road (85 per cent)
Park Road (85 per cent)
Middle Lane (84 per cent)
Rosebery Gardens (80 per cent)
Ferme Park Road (79 per cent)
Weston Park (77 per cent)
Coolhurst Road (77 per cent)
Crouch End Hill (75 per cent)
Shepherds Hill (75 per cent)
Tivoli Road (74 per cent)
Haringey Park (74 per cent)
Shepherds Close (73 per cent)
Crouch Hill (73 per cent)
Cecile Park (73 per cent)
Crouch Hall Road (69 per cent)
Bourne Road (64 per cent)
Hornsey Lane (64 per cent)
Palace Road (60 per cent)

Cabinet Member for Environment and Conservation, Cllr Brian Haley, said: "This was one of the biggest responses we've had to a consultation of this kind and I'd like to thank everyone who replied.

Parking ticket being issued

"Clearly there's a wide range of views here, with some roads clearly in favour of a controlled parking zone and some clearly opposed.

"We will now study the results in detail to try to find a solution which best addresses residents' concerns."

A decision on whether to introduce any CPZ and, if so, which roads will be announced in September.

If the council agrees to proceed with any scheme, there would then be a second opportunity for residents to give views.

Full consultation results can be found on Haringey's website. 




10.1.2007 | This is Local London

Permit hike as CPZ enters round three

By Caron Kemp

As a third consultation period into the proposed controlled parking zones (CPZs) in Bounds Green, Fortis Green and Harringay is being launched, controversial proposals to increase parking permit costs by 20 per cent have emerged.

The new costs, which would bolster Haringey Council's income, are different to those outlined in the first two informal consultation documents.

Those consultations resulted in the council dropping plans for a CPZ in Hornsey and removing some roads from other schemes where the majority of residents opposed the plans. The statutory consultation begins today and outlines the roads proposed for the CPZs.

Councillor Martin Newton, Liberal Democrat spokesman for traffic and highways, said: "Labour's plans for wide expanses of CPZs across the west of Haringey have not come to fruition and have left gaping holes in the Labour council's budget.

"Having consulted with residents on one set of permit charges, and even before they go to statutory consultation, the Labour council plans an exorbitant 20 per cent rise in permit charges for both residents and traders.

"Labour are just not being honest about needing to raise revenue and the planned CPZs will also not solve many of the individual parking issues that residents and traders experience day to day. These one-option schemes are not the answer to parking problems in Haringey."

A council spokesman said: "The proposed review of parking permit charges is one of many proposals put forward by officers as part of the pre-budget process. Nothing has yet been agreed.

"Haringey Council last reviewed its residential parking charges in 2002 and it is right that these charges should be reviewed on a regular basis."

The new CPZ proposals are due to be discussed by the council's executive in March, while parking permit charges are to be reviewed early this year.

The three proposed CPZ areas are now as follows

Bounds Green

A two-hour CPZ from Monday to Friday in:
Durnsford Road
Gordon Road
Passmore Gardens
Bounds Green Road
Maidstone Road
Brownlow Road
Queen's Road
Fletton Road
Herbert Road
Whittington Road
Thorold Road
Northbrook Road
Manor Road
Rhys Avenue
Eastern Road
Imperial Road.


A two-hour CPZ from Monday to Friday in:
Mount Pleasant Villas
Blythwood Road (between Ossian Road and the border with Islington)
Ossian Road
The Grove
Stapleton Hall Road (from the junction with Ferme Park Road to the junction with Oakfield Road).

Fortis Green

A two-hour CPZ from Monday to Friday in:
Twyford Road
Shakespeare Gardens
Western Road
Springcroft Avenue
Southern Road
Bancroft Avenue


28.9.06 | Hornsey Journal

Fury over CPZ map 'drawn up before residents got a say'

FURIOUS anti-CPZ campaigners are crying foul after leaked council maps of streets to be included in new parking zones bore a date three months before consultation began.

The Haringey Council maps of streets earmarked for proposed Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) around Hornsey and Harringay stations were circulated this week dated March 2006 - three months before the initial consultation.

Bruno Dore, secretary of Hornsey's Morrsh residents association, spanning streets from Rathcoole Avenue to Montague Road, said: "This is the most outrageous duplicity. All along, the council has stressed that they are listening to what the residents are saying and that they will not introduce CPZs where a majority of people do not want them. But this is clearly a lie.

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28.9.06 | Muswell Hill & Crouch End Time
Road to CPZs

These are the roads shortlisted for inclusion in the proposed controlled parking zones (CPZs) in the west of Haringey.

This newspaper has learned which roads will be included in the council's second consultation over the Fortis Green, Bounds Green and Stroud Green CPZs, while details of the Hornsey CPZ will not be revealed until letters are sent to residents from October 8. To read it click here

Resident challenges ‘over-simplified’ CPZ policy

A Stroud Green resident has challenged Haringey Council's findings from the first phase of its consultation for controlled parking zones (CPZs) in Harringay and Hornsey.

Paul Soper, of Inderwick Road, a member of Stroud Green Residents' Association, obtained the results received by the council under the Freedom of Information Act. To read it click here

New consultation is another outrage in the CPZ saga

Yet again, Councillor Brian Haley and his Labour colleagues have shown just how little they care about the views of the residents of the borough. The second stage of CPZ consultation' that Labour is proposing to carry out has still not been finalised. Haringey Council recently released maps of the proposed areas of this second stage', yet made very little effort to advertise these to the people who it is supposed to be consulting.

This is yet another outrage in the CPZ saga. The Labour council assured both us and residents that they would be kept updated as to these plans. It has not done so, showing once again that these plans were drawn up a long time before any consultation took place, and showing once again that Labour is not interested in what residents have to say.

Councillor Martin Newton (Lib Dem) Fortis Green ward To read it click here

10.8.06 | Muswell Hill & Crouch End Time
We shouldn’t foot the bill for your parking

It is understandable that Robin Dunn (Well-managed CPZs can work', July 27) has personal reasons for favouring a scheme that may cover the whole of west Haringey. Unfortunately, there will always be people who live on the edge of a controlled parking zone (CPZ) boundary.

However, even if the 25 residents who have complained about Fortis Green's parking congestion all reside with Mr Dunn in Springcroft Avenue, this remains a minority viewpoint. Why should hundreds, if not thousands, of others effectively pay tax to make it slightly easier for such a minority to park right outside their homes at certain times? To read it click here

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27.8.06 | Ham & High
There will be no CPZ where support is absent

Your article (Win hailed in fight to stop CPZ plans, H&H Broadway, July 28) misleads your readers. I am writing to clarify what will happen now.

The current consultation is informal, to find out whether or not there is support for a CPZ in each of the four areas [Haringey and Hornsey stations, Fortis Green, Bounds Green and for the Stop and Shop schemes in Crouch End and Muswell Hill]..

We have had such an excellent response so far that we have decided that, if there is support in an area for controls, we will carry out a second, informal, phase of consultation in September.

This additional consultation will include more detailed proposals about which roads should be included and the hours of operation and will include discussions and meetings with local residents and traders.

But I reiterate that this will only happen if the current consultation shows support from residents and traders - where there is no support there will be no CPZ.

This additional consultation will be carried out before any report goes to the executive, who will then, on the basis of both informal consultations, decide whether or not to proceed to the 21 day statutory consultation.

It is only after statutory consultation that a final decision will be taken on whether or not to implement parking controls in each area. Additionally, there has been no U-turn. I have said all through this process that I am willing to meet with residents once the initial informal phase of consultation was complete.

This is to give me a better understanding of residents' feelings and concerns about the CPZs. I am still committed to meeting residents.

Cllr Brian Haley Executive Member for the Environment To read it click here

10.8.06 | Hornsey Journal
Every resident needs to protest against CPZ

SO Haringey Council is once again trying to foist a parking scheme that is both unwelcome and unneeded on its residents.

Despite the bloody nose the council received after trying to force through the Crouch End CPZ it has failed to learn from its mistakes and is once again "consulting" with its residents on the introduction of a Crouch End CPZ albeit under the guise of Hornsey and Harringay station zones.

Having lived slap bang in the middle of all three catchment areas over recent years it is of particular annoyance that the council tries to pass off the schemes as being of massive benefit to residents. Nonsense.

This is a money-making scam pure and simple. To read it click here

Councillors have forgotten who makes the rules

HARINGEY councillors, like most other councillors in London, have forgotten that they are the servants of the public, not the masters.

In their never-ending campaign to destroy every unrestricted free parking place in the borough, we are, again, in the position of the council proposing CPZs, restrictions, meters and the like in Muswell Hill and elsewhere, and the public being forced to defeat these proposals, somehow.

From what I have gathered, nobody in the area has ever asked the council for any of the proposed schemes, and so it just represents another example of the uninvited and unwelcome attentions of Haringey Council in Muswell Hill and beyond.To read it click here

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07.8.06 | Haringey People magazine

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02.8.06 | This is Local London

No parking signsBy Kay Murray

Voice of dissent: Martin Brophy, chairman of the action group Muswell Hill Against Controlled Parking Zones K13089-08

Proposals to introduce controlled parking zones (CPZ) to swathes of Haringey have caused a storm of controversy since the plans were unveiled last month. But this is not the first time residents across the west of the borough have campaigned against parking restrictions. KAY MURRAY looks at the turbulent history of the area's parking restrictions.

MAY 2000 Haringey Council seeks the views of residents and traders for the possible introduction of a CPZ in the roads around Bounds Green Tube and Bowes Park railway stations to discourage all-day commuter parking. The consultation form does not include a question asking whether residents want the CPZ or not.

AUGUST 2000 The council consults Muswell Hill residents and concludes that there is a need for a CPZ covering the streets next to the shopping area and surrounding road...
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Barnet rejects controlled parking zones
By Lawrence Marzouk

Plans to introduce three controlled parking zones (CPZs) in Whetstone, New and East Barnet, and around Oakleigh Park railway station, have been unequivocally rejected by Conservative members of Barnet Council.

The cabinet member for environment, Councillor Matthew Offord, had wanted the three large schemes to raise £450,000 a year in extra parking fines, pay-and-display income and residents' permits, but he was overruled by fellow Tories on the Chipping Barnet Area Environment Sub Committee, which was specially convened last Wednesday to push through the plan.

Four of the five Conservative members present, including the cabinet member Councillor Brian Coleman, voted against the Tory proposal, while the fifth, the cabinet member for social services, Councillor Fiona Bulmer, abstained. A senior council source told this newspaper that the CPZs were being introduced simply to plug a hole in this year's budget, which has been hit by plummeting parking ticket numbers.
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02.8.06 | Hornsey Journal
CPZ boss tells residents: 'It's your decision'

THE man with the power to bring in CPZs across west Haringey has pledged that there will be no parking controls - unless residents want them.

Councillor Brian Haley, executive member for environment at Haringey Council, made a surprise appearance at a packed meeting at Holy Trinity Church - organised by Crouch End for People and Green N8 - to meet his critics and take questions on the controversial proposals.

He said he would not scrap the patchy informal consultation process and start again. But he committed the council to holding a second more detailed consultation if residents showed support for the CPZ plans. This would take place in September.
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Anger as New River residents don't get say on station CPZ

HUNDREDS of residents have been left out of the CPZ consultation for Hornsey station, despite living 200 metres away.

The people of New River Village, off Hornsey High Street, were not given consultation papers for their views on the CPZ proposed by Haringey Council, despite a request for 300 copies by the residents' association.

Kay Griffiths, secretary of the New River Village Residents Association, said: "I was told that they can't supply 300 because it was too many. My argument was that we have been left out of the consultation.
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YMCA anger at parking plan

JIM SHEPLEY: “Restriction will affect our users

THE proposed pay and display scheme for Crouch End and CPZ for Hornsey station is "an attack on people going about their daily business" and will hinder those most in need from using the YMCA's services.

That is the view of Jim Shepley, programme director at Hornsey YMCA, who says users of its children's centre, fitness centre, hostel and restaurant will all suffer if the two schemes are put in place.
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We don't have a parking problem!

WE do not have a parking problem in our roads - North View, South View, Hawthorn and Beechwood. CPZs will give us a parking problem - prohibitive lines everywhere, and restrictive bays....

THERE will always be people who live on the edge of a CPZ boundary.

However, even if the 25 residents who have complained about Fortis Green parking congestion all reside with Mr Dunn in Springcroft Avenue (61 households), this remains a minority viewpoint....

BRIAN Haley claims he is upholding the letter of the law with his policy of rigid enforcement of local parking regulations.

If this is to be believed, perhaps he will explain why he allowed a large commercial vehicle to park under a "No Parking" sign at the bottom of Cranley Gardens for 10 days and nights last month without a penalty...

CROUCH End needs more, not less, car parking space. We have fabulous shops and amenities creating a vibrant community serving N8 and the surrounding areas. The only problem being that, without adequate parking facilities, it is difficult to make full use of them...

03.8.06 | Muswell Hill & Crouch End Times


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Do the honourable thing Mr Haley and resign
Dear Mr Brian Haley, I am writing to request your immediate resignation from the council. I have no confidence in you as a councillor and much less than this as the executive member for the environment.

My reasons for this are based around the current controlled parking zone (CPZ) consultation, as follows: It surely must be the role of a councillor to foster a sense of community and co-operation for you actively to cause division by your extraordinary verbal attack ('Haley: 'You are selfish, abusive bullies'', July 20), categorising the residents of the west of Haringey under a single heading, is absurd and for you to use terms of abuse beggars belief the only proper form of apology for your outburst is for you to stand down.
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We are desperate for controlled parking zones
A controlled parking zone (CPZ) is the only way to make sure that there is emergency access to our street.

Roads such as Shakespeare Gardens are so narrow that if people park on both sides of the road, an ambulance or fire engine would not be able to get down them in an emergency.

The problem comes when commuters come down the road and park opposite each other nobody wants this. I don't care who parks outside my house as long as they park sensibly.
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We must use extra time to change process
Not a single CPZ scheme appeared on the agendas of the much-vaunted area assemblies. Labour's money-grabbing cynicism meant that community groups and businesses denied their right to address the council by Labour had to organise their own meetings to defend their historic rights of free speech and no taxation without representation.

Liberal Democrats have fought for residents' rights, both in the council chamber and elsewhere. Now we have to ensure that the extra time won is used to change the process, so that we get a result that Haringey residents can trust, street by street.
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Why has no one responded to enquiries?
I have emailed the leader of the Haringey council, George Meehan, three times in the past ten days with concerns and questions regarding the so-called consultation process for CPZ in Bounds Green.

Regrettably, as until today, he has not replied to any of my emails.
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Sixty complaints: That was all it took for Haringey Council to consider parking controls
By Kay Murray

What's the real agenda? opponents to proposed controlled parking in Haringey say the council is just out for financial gain

The four controlled parking zones (CPZs) planned for the west of Haringey were prompted by only 60 complaints about parking congestion yet almost 15,000 people would be affected by them.

The council claims that the CPZs are to be introduced in response to concerns about commuter parking near Bounds Green railway station, East Finchley Tube station, Hornsey railway station and Harringay railway station.
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CPZ survey deadline extended
By Kay Murray

The controversy over plans to impose a raft of controlled parking zones (CPZ) across the west of Haringey rolled on this week, with an under-pressure Haringey Council agreeing to extend the consultation period in Crouch End, and the creation of an anti-CPZ group in Bounds Green.

The council agreed to extend the consultation deadline from August 8 to the end of September at a public meeting last Tuesday, at the Holy Innocents Church, in Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, which was attended by more than 500 residents and Labour councillor Brian Haley, executive member for environment.
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02.8.06 | The advertiser
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27.8.06| Ham & High
Campaigners claim moral victory in fight over CPZ scheme

PEOPLE power has forced a U-turn from Haringey Council in its bid to introduce controversial parking plans.

Labour councillor Brian Haley succumbed to pressure and extended the controversial consultation process over controlled parking zones at a public meeting on Tuesday.

More than 500 residents and campaigners crammed into Holy Innocents Church in Crouch End to confront the council's environment spokesman.

The deadlines for CPZs at Haringey and Hornsey stations, Fortis Green, Bounds Green and for the Stop and Shop schemes in Crouch End and Muswell Hill have now been put back from August 8 to the end of September.
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29.7.06 |Guardian | Money | | Personal Effects

Keep it green

Concreting or tarmacing a garden, done properly, costs thousands of pounds. Parking for 10 years costs £250. Even with visitors and possible increments there is no comparison. Additionally, you will remove the ability of yet another patch of the urban jungle to absorb rainwater, leading to run-off and localised flooding.
A compromise might be to pave enough for your own car, using "grasscrete", which has holes in it through which the grasses or herbs continue to grow, and set lines of paving stones into the remaining lawn for occasional use by others.
Rosalind Riley, Kent, who wins this week's £25 National Book Token

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22.7.06 | Guardian | Money| Personal Effects

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Question for next week

Our local council is about to impose a controlled parking zone in our street, charging us £25 a year (to start with), plus more for visitors. We have quite a large front garden, and many visitors who travel by car. I am wondering whether it would it be worth our while to concrete over the front garden and turn it into three private parking bays.

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22.7.06 | BBC 24

Share car, make friends, save planet

Richard Ghail

In this week's Green Room, transport planner and engineer Dr Richard Ghail urges you to get out of your car, save money and the environment, and make some new friends along the way.

Attitudes have changed; only the die-hard drive to central London

Few people still argue about the reality of climate change or its causes. Nearly a third of the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, and it is the only sector in which those emissions are growing.
To read it click here

20.7.06 | This is Local London

Haley: 'You are selfish, abusive bullies’
By Peter Stebbings

The Haringey councillor behind the proposed parking schemes has launched an extraordinary verbal attack on residents in the west of the borough particularly Muswell Hill residents accusing them of being abusive, threatening, selfish and 'thinking they are better than most'.

Councillor Brian Haley, executive member for environment, lashed out at those in the west who are opposed to the council's proposed pay and display schemes and controlled parking zones (CPZs), adding he would not meet people in Muswell Hill 'who only want to shout and impose their views on others'.
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20.7.06 | Muswell Hill & Crouch End Times

Parking zone survey extended
By Peter Stebbings

Many roads included in proposals for four new controlled parking zones (CPZs) are likely to be dropped from the final plans, according to the councillor responsible for the schemes.

Councillor Brian Haley, executive member for environment, said there was no way' that all the roads proposed for the CPZs in Hornsey, Crouch End, Bounds Green, Stroud Green and Fortis Green will come under a new CPZ.
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Ugly scenes mar parking zone debate
By Peter Stebbings

Police were called to a meeting of Haringey Council on Monday evening during which councillors debated several contentious issues against a backdrop of some hysterical reaction in the public gallery.

Before the meeting, at Wood Green Civic Centre, in High Road, Wood Green, more than 100 people gathered to protest against proposed Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust (TPCT) cuts of £11 million and the council's proposed Unitary Development Plan (UDP), the statutory document which guides the council when assessing planning applications.
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Opinion: Right to be angry

Councillor Brian Haley's comments about opponents to parking schemes in the west of Haringey are astonishing.

While he does have a point that the behaviour of some residents has been inexcusable shouting abuse will not win any arguments he has to understand that people are behaving like this because they are very angry. The majority of people in the west of the borough, aside from those in Fortis Green, oppose his CPZ plans, yet he shows utter contempt for them. They have every right to be angry and frustrated the CPZs seem to be being forced on residents against their wishes.
To read it click here

Many more letters click here

Clarification sought after controlled parking zones comment

As I was helping to set up the Green N8 controlled parking zone CPZ information stall on Saturday in Crouch End Broadway, a minibus full of Haringey Council's executive members parked on the W7 bus lane and were let out in front of our stall. Some of them noticed it, but Councillor Brian Haley, exe- cutive member for transport, the decision maker on the CPZs, came to have a closer look. After studying our questionnaire and CPZ que- tions and answers leaflet, he said: "It won't make any difference," and walked off.

Is this the same Mr Haley who said: "We are aware that there have been problems with our consultation process...." ('Opposition to station CPZ', July 6) or quoted in the press as saying "What we want is genuine consultation about the issue nothing is set in stone yet,"? Or Mr Haley, the executive member for transport, who represents the policies on the Haringey web site which says: "The decision to go ahead with a controlled parking zone follows a consultation with residents and businesses whose views determine what roads are in the zone..."?

When he said, "It won't make any difference", did he mean the consultation; that these views won't make any difference, or that our efforts to inform the public about the proposed CPZ schemes and the impact it might have on their lives won't make any difference?
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Is the council listening to us, as it claims to be doing?

A controlled parking zone CPZ is not required in Haringey. To implement one would be merely to raise money by fleecing people. Surely we pay enough in council tax? If the council wishes to help shopkeepers, it could introduce a one-hour parking restriction around main shopping areas, as they have done in Muswell Hill Broadway. A CPZ in shopping areas will drive shoppers away. There is no need for controlled parking in the area of Bounds Green, or any changes to the situation around Highgate station and Alexandra Park station.
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19.7.06 | Hornsey Journal

Haringey CPZ: Parking protests all set to heat up

ANTI-CPZ feeling is rising, with protests spreading as Haringey looks to get residents paying to park close to their homes.

Haringey Council wants to introduce Controlled Parking Zones in four key neighbourhoods: Hornsey, Harringay, Fortis Green and Bounds Green. Also planned is a pay and display operation for Crouch End and Muswell Hill.
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Haringey CPZ: Opponents join to blast 'unnecessary' scheme

RESIDENTS make their opinions heard at St Mary’s School on Wednesday

FLOODS of residents poured into St Mary's School, in Rectory Gardens, Hornsey, on Wednesday to look at CPZ plans - and most were quick to sign a petition condemning them as they left.

Adrian Jones, of Hawthorn Road, Hornsey, said: "I have lived here for 30 years and have always been able to park my car within 30 yards of my house."
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Haringey CPZ: Councillor in appeal for calm debate

THE lead man on environmental issues in Haringey has led a scathing attack on the "ferocious" nature of some anti-CPZ campaigners - and called for moderate discussion on the issues.

Councillor Brian Haley, executive member for the environment, said he was not surprised by the level of protest against the proposals, but said it was "unacceptable" that council staff charged with running exhibitions of the pay-to-park proposals had been intimidated by angry members of the public. He claimed that some staff felt their "lives had been put in danger".

He said: "Staff are going out to do the consultations and have been shouted at and some have felt that their lives have been put in danger.
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Don't cram people into thousands of new homes, council told

PROTESTERS outside Haringey Civic Centre before Monday night’s meeting

HARINGEY Council has approved a blueprint which could see people seriously overcrowded in new housing developments.

Councillors voted to adopt the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) at a packed council meeting on Monday night, amid protests. To read it click here

Public cleared as CPZ meeting turns nasty

HARINGEY Civic Centre descended into chaos on Monday night when police were called and the public gallery had to be emptied following a bad tempered meeting on the contentious issue of CPZs.

Furious residents - who had been told they could not speak at the meeting - shouted abuse at the councillors, who voted down a motion to suspend four consultations on Controlled Parking Zones in Haringey.
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Haringey CPZ: 'Workers will have to use public transport'

A BUSINESSMAN worried how his staff will manage to commute work if a CPZ takes hold said he was told by a council officer that they would just have to leave the car at home.

Mr SJ Seth, of Bounds Green Press, is fighting the CPZ for Bounds Green on the argument that it will make life even harder for businesspeople in the area.
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Haringey CPZ: Day of action to 'save community'

Pay and display protesters in Muswell Hill Picture: Tony Gay

WITH the deadline for pay and display plans consultation looming opponents in Muswell Hill blitzed the area with leaflets imploring residents to write to the council.

Residents volunteered to hand out 10,000 leaflets to businesses and homes last Saturday.
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A CPZ is not required in Haringey and to implement one would be merely to raise money by fleecing people. Surely we pay enough in Council Tax?

If the council wishes to keep shopkeepers and shoppers, they could introduce a one-hour parking restriction around main shopping areas as they have done in Muswell Hill Broadway. A CPZ in shopping areas will drive shoppers away to supermarkets with car parks.
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12.7.06 | Muswell Hill & Crouch End Times

Parking scheme will go ahead despite opposition

Don't expect Haringey Council to take any notice of your views on CPZs. I would like to remind readers of Haringey's definition of consultations for the Highgate Station CPZ a few years ago. After an almost total rejection of the plans by residents, Haringey implemented the CPZ.To read it click here

Residents deserve the respect of a proper consultation exercise over controlled parking scheme

Once upon a time some incompetent soul woke up in Haringey Council with the bright idea that would make loads of money for the council.To read it click here

How green is environmental lobby group?

In Crouch End Broadway at the weekend, I picked up a copy of GreenN8's leaflet about the proposed CPZ. I am surprised at the pro-car tone of this publication. It attacks the Mayor of London for advocating parking control initiatives that encourage a shift from the use of the car for personal travel to public transport, walking or cycling'. Whilst most of us use cars some of the time, surely we need to reduce car use and the relentless growth in the number of cars on our streets? To read it click here

MP: parking plan travesty
By Peter Stebbings

The Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone has labelled the six proposed parking schemes in the west of Haringey a 'travesty' and said the public consultations should be suspended.

The Lib Dem MP asked the Labour council leader George Meehan to stop the consultations because councillors in the affected area nearly all of whom are Lib Dem were not consulted before the plans were made public. To read it click here

12.7.06 | Hornsey Journal

Summer time... and another unwanted CPZ

LAST Thursday, July 6, Muswell Hill residents at very short notice, on a scorching summer evening, turned out in their hundreds to consider and unanimously oppose the latest parking scheme put forward by a cynical Haringey Council.

The council is yet again attempting to ambush the local community during the summer holiday when residents are away or about to go away, in order to force through an unwanted Controlled Parking Zone. Last time they failed.

The so-called Stop and Shop scheme, a euphemism for Haringey's CPZ idea to raise money, is not based on any research, or need, or consultation.
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Car ban is a non-starter

W JAGO (Viewpoints, Journal July 6) misunderstands the underlying theme of my letter regarding parking in Muswell Hill. Like it, or not, car owning is on the increase. With this in mind it is essential to do what we can to ease traffic problems.To read it click here

£6m profit... but council 'doesn't fine drivers to make cash'

LAST year Haringey Council collected more than £6million in parking fines.

A Freedom of Information request to the council by the Journal revealed the council took £6,224,137 in parking tickets and clamping and removal charges in 2005-2006.

In a year it issued more than 162,000 tickets and towed or clamped more than 10,200 vehicles. To read it click here

Shock as station CPZ almost reaches Broadway

A CROUCH End ward councillor has slammed Haringey's consultation on a proposed CPZ in the area.

The proposed parking controls - to prevent commuters from parking around Hornsey station - stretch right down into the heart of Crouch End, almost as far as the Broadway.

Councillor David Winskill (Liberal Democrat), Crouch End, said: "I was gobsmacked when I found out the Hornsey Railway CPZ stretches virtually up to the clocktower. They have not told any of the Crouch End councillors.To read it click here

Better off without cars

AS a non-driver who gets about by walking or using the bus or train, I am always rather taken aback by the obsession there is with car use, seen by the latest furore in Crouch End and Muswell Hill over CPZs.

I am doubtful about CPZs, which in the poorer areas of the borough sometimes penalise those that need a car to get to work at unsocial hours. To read it click here

12.7.06 | The advertiser

12 July 2006
Are CPZ's the problem or the solution?

The post-election decision to propose four more controll parking zones and 2 stop the shop areas has met with a barrage of criticism from residents.
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7.7.06|Ham & High

Residents predict nightmare if parking controls are introduced
By Jonathan Marciano

FORTIS Green residents who face being sandwiched between two proposed parking zones have launched a campaign against the plans.

Haringey Council wants to introduce a controlled parking scheme to prevent all-day parking in parts of Fortis Green... To read it click here

6.7.06 | Muswell Hill & Crouch End Times

Marking out of CPZ will reduce the number of available spaces

Haringey Council's deliberate marking and layout of parking spaces and loading bays in any given road will actually reduce the amount of available car parking in a CPZ zone. This, plus the council's willingness to sell more permits than available spaces, and its obvious intention to CPZ the whole of the borough will in no way benefit the majority of Haringey residents...To read it click here

Opposition to station CPZ
By Peter Stebbings

Opposition to the proposed controlled parking zones (CPZs) in Fortis Green, Bounds Green, Hornsey and Stroud Green grew this week, as Haringey Council announced plans for another in the vicinity of Alexandra Palace railway station.

Two more CPZs have also been proposed around Bruce Grove station and White Hart Lane station in Tottenham...To read it click here

Parking restrictions are not in the interests of traders

This is simply a CPZ for central Crouch End with no extra parking spaces being provided. It will encourage drivers to park on the surrounding residential streets. We will end up with a CPZ everywhere and an even bigger parking ticket culture...To read it click here

Is council trying to avoid new guidelines for consultations?

As your readers may know, Haringey Council has recently launched a rash of parking consultations in the west of the borough. In Muswell Hill, plans for the proposed Stop & Shop' scheme around the Broadway have been quickly followed by those for a CPZ in the roads nearest to East Finchley Tube station... To read it click here

5.7.06 | Hornsey Journal

Yellow lines are just there to make money
05 July 2006

MUSWELL Hill had no problems with parking until Haringey Council started painting yellow lines everywhere, nor were there any traffic jams until the lights at Alexandra Park Road/Colney Hatch Lane were installed...To read it click here

05 July 2006
Parking boss hits back over CPZ plan

PROPOSALS for parking restrictions in Hornsey and Crouch End for Hornsey Station have been defended by Haringey Council's parking boss.

The council was accused last week of trying to impose a "money-making scheme" in the form of a controlled parking zone (CPZ) across swathes of Hornsey and part of Crouch End...To read it click here


29.6.06| Hornsey Journal

Money grabbers!

PLANS to charge residents in Hornsey and Crouch End to park their cars on the road have been slammed by residents as "another money-making scheme".

Haringey Council wants to introduce a controlled parking zone (CPZ) across great swathes of Hornsey and parts of Crouch End - supposedly to ease congestion caused by commuter parking at Hornsey station....To read it click here


CO2-based parking charges

10.9.2010 | Indipendent Richmond Council scraps controversial CO2-based parking charges

Plans to scrap a controversial CO2-based parking scheme have finally been given the go ahead.

Richmond Council’s Conservative cabinet tried to officially end the scheme in July, but action to scrap the system was delayed when the decision was called in by members of the opposition.

This week Richmond’s Friends of the Earth group made a final desperate plea to stop the council abolishing the scheme, saying to do so would send a message to residents the council was not concerned about reducing CO2 emissions.

In a letter to councillors the environmental action group wrote: “We are concerned the proposals are signalling very clearly to residents the new administration is not concerned about reducing Richmond’s CO2 emissions and regards efforts to do so as contrary to the interests of residents.

“Tackling climate change is the most crucial challenge faced by humanity.”

Under the current scheme motorists pay different amounts to park in controlled parking zones (CPZs) depending on their car’s carbon emissions.

The new administration plans to change the system to encompass a flat fee for CPZ permits and 30-minutes, free parking for residents at a cost of £241,000 a year, as well as a one-off £90,000 fee to change parking meters.

However, despite objections at a scrutiny meeting at York House on Tuesday the scheme was scrapped after more than half of the members on the environment, sustainability and community committee voted to stick by the decision.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Katharine Harborne said the decision to abolish the CO2-based parking scheme marked a need to try something new.

She said: “There is evidence this car parking CO2 emissions charge maybe was a good idea at the time it was introduced – it was a good experiment and got a lot of publicity – but made no change to people’s behaviour.

“So I think it’s time we tried something new.”

Plans to change the way on-street parking was charged had been questioned by Liberal Democrat councillors Martin Elengorn and Geoff Acton, who asked for the decision to be looked at again.

Both councillors argued the decision had not been subject to a proper public consultation and papers stating the intention to scrap the scheme had only been released at the last minute.

Councillor Stephen Knight, leader of the opposition, said: “I think it’s very sad the Conservatives have chosen to abandon a policy, which sets Richmond as a national leader in tackling climate change, and shameful that the effect of this decision will be a cut in revenue.”

Yeast Infection Treatment

Telegraph | 04 Jun 2010
Car parking wars

Will councils antagonise residents by charging extra for parking permits for the most polluting cars? As long as it's under the guise of traffic management, it seems that councils can charge what they like.

Driveways, garages - even forecourts, if your car is small enough - could soon have more impact on the value of your home than a Smallbone kitchen or converted attic, following a dramatic swing in the way local councils across Britain are now milking the motorist.

It started three years ago when Richmond Borough Council in affluent south-west London announced plans to charge residents up to three times more for a parking permit if they had a bigger-engined car.

Few believed the scheme would be approved; the very idea that a council would levy a higher fee on a stationary car was preposterous according to motoring organisations.

Other observers believed it unlikely that local politicians would alienate voters by penalising bigger families - often those from ethnic minorities - who are forced to rely on bigger cars.

They were wrong on both counts and reckoned without the steely resolve of Richmond council. By April 2007 the west London authority had introduced the scheme to the outrage of many in the borough.

Overnight, the cost of parking - except for those with driveways - went from a maximum of £100 to £300, or a staggering £450 for a second vehicle.

Motorists who are tempted to shrug it off as the go-it-alone antics of a maverick London borough should think again, however. It was a middle-of-the road, Liberal Democrat-led borough that launched this particular assault on the motorist and now the concept is spreading fast.

Telegraph Motoring has found that a further eight out of London's 33 borough authorities have introduced their own CO2-based plans, in many cases doubling the cost of a resident's parking permit. And what happens in London today - road pricing, low emission zones, CCTV traffic enforcement - will appear on a street near you tomorrow.

Kelvin Reynolds, the director of operations and technical services at the British Parking Association, says it is "highly likely" that other councils across England and Wales will jump on the CO2 bandwagon.

"Pressure on councils is rising as car ownership grows. They cannot sit by and do nothing. Local authorities have a statutory duty to reduce emissions and to help the Government meet its CO2 obligations."

Mr Reynolds, a former City of London transport official, added: "What councils can't do is use parking control to raise revenue - that would be illegal. It has to be to do with managing traffic."

The AA is unsure about the way the law is being interpreted however. "Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 councils can do almost what they like in terms of parking control; they must consult but they could, if they wanted, say that motorists must drive blue cars on Mondays and red ones on Tuesdays," said the AA's head of transport policy, Paul Watters. "They have considerable scope to write the rules and linking CO2 to parking charges comes under this."

Watters says there could now be worse to come; councils are also keenly monitoring Richmond's latest wheeze - an electronic card parking scheme that also hits "gas guzzlers". It encourages drivers to register their cars online an, after providing their car's CO2 details, they receive a pre-pay card which can be topped up and swiped at street and car park ticket machines in the borough.

Cars with emissions between 121g/km and 180g/km, including some Ford Focuses, pay 25 per cent less than base rates.

But owners of cars emitting more than 181g/km of CO2, such as some Ford Mondeos and many 4x4s, must pay 25 per cent above standard rates. It is estimated that the move could net the council an extra £800,000 a year.

"It is a brazen and monstrous attempt to boost revenue under the guise of being green," says Watters. "Officials are giving themselves a pat on the back for being green, but it is ludicrous to penalise a vehicle on its emissions when the car is switched off."

Critics point out that those forced to pay higher rates may use their car just once a week, perhaps for a family outing, or, even more rarely, if it is an expensive sports car, while their neighbour who pays considerably less for a smaller-engined hatchback creates far more CO2 by using their car on the daily commute.

CO2-based parking schemes are likely to damage more than motorists' wealth, however; critics warn that if they spread they will lead to wholesale concreting-over of front gardens as residents dig out lawns and shrubs to avoid spiralling fees.

Relentless pressures however are forcing councils to act; spiralling car ownership means roadside parking spaces are filling up fast, forcing neighbour to compete with neighbour in the home-time dash for a space.

In 2009 there were 31 million cars in the UK but this is predicted to jump to 32.4m by 2015 and 36.1m by 2024. Some councils, such as Brighton, have instigated rationing; residents must now wait for spaces to become free before getting a permit.

Three years ago the waiting list for some zones in the seaside city peaked at two years; following a review it has been cut to a slightly less painful 10 months.

Other councils dabbling in CO2 controls either for pay-and-display car parks or at the roadside include Edinburgh (where one third of residents may have to pay more), Sheffield, Salford, Cambridge, Brighton, where owners of low-emissions cars get discounts, and Nottingham City which "can't rule it out".

But the prize for unfairly penalising motorists under so-called "environmental" concerns goes to Norwich City council, which gears permit costs to a car's length: longer cars pay double because, says the council, "smaller cars produce fewer emissions".

So if your car is under 3.92m long, you pay £16 a year, 3.92m to 4.45m is £22 and more than 4.45m will cost you £30. As our chart below shows, the idea that a car's length directly equates to its CO2 emissions is a travesty.

We should beware all this, says the AA, which warns that "discounts" for the few are only a very short step from surcharges for the many. There's even a premium on learning; park on campus at Exeter or Stirling and, their websites explain, your charges could be linked to your emissions.

There is however hope, if, like many, you object to the £55 billion motorists are already estimated to contribute to taxation. In a delicious triumph for drivers in Richmond on May 6, the Lib Dems at council level lost power to the Conservatives, who campaigned heavily against "fanatical hostility to the family car", promising a reversal if they gained power.

"The unfair tax targets small homes with no drives and damages the environment by promoting paving of front gardens," stated the Tories' manifesto. Voters liked what they heard, and kicked the Lib Dems out of power.

The motorist has won the battle, if not the war. Other councils, take note.

Why Norwich City's parking rules don't make sense:

Five polluting cars incurring £22 annual permit (3.92m-4.45m)

Lamborghini Gallardo: 4.34m, 327g/km

Porsche 911 Turbo S: 4.45m, 268g/km

Lotus Europa: 3.9m, 229g/km

Audi TT 3.2 V6: 4.17m, 247g/km

Ford Focus RS: 4.34m, 225g/km

Five frugal cars incurring £30 annual permit (over 4.45m)

Mondeo estate 2.0 TDCi: 4.83m, 139g/km

Honda Accord Tourer: 4.74, 155g/km

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 DI-D: 4.64m, 174g/km

Toyota Avensis Tourer 2.0 D-4D: 4.76m, 136g/km

Vauxhall Insignia estate 2.0 CDTi: 4.90m, 139g/km



26.7.06 | 550 people have attended a public meeting Tuesday25.7.06. Towards the end of the meeting Brian Haley Haringey lead member for transport

  • He has agreed to push the dead line of the consultation to at least 2cond week of September.
  • And he reassured people that the view of majority will be the determining factor!
  • He would investigate and remedy the leaflet distribution
  • and provide more leaflets

However despite of all these new concessions, still some serious and unresolved issues to do with proper consultation remains, even by Haringey own standard.
They are:
Fundamental to all of this are the leaflets themselves. They are untruthful, highly misleading, and will be very open to interpretation. This is not how a consultation should start! In an ideal world we should first be asked if there is a parking problem in our area or not and if there is what kind of measures we would like to see to resolve it. Then looking at it carefully and in liaison with community groups, local councillors and business interest come up with a suggested solutions/plan that is AIMED AT SOLVING ANY PROBLEMS if there are any. Then consult all those effected on proposals. Sadly this did not happen here!

Haringey are still insisting on only one form/view per household!

Many who live within the proposed zones who did not get any form of consultation to this day. This we are being told will be partially resolved - if you ask for a form you will get one!

However there was no mention of extending the consultation to people who live on the boundary or very close to the proposed zones and they will be very highly effected by this... They should be consulted!

20.7.06 | Will our views  make any difference?

As Greenn8 members were setting up the the CPZ information stall last Saturday on Crouch End Broadway, a mini bus full of Haringey Council's Executive Members drove up and parked on the W7 bus lane. They were let out right in front of our stall. The council minibus was parked on the bus lane for over an hour till they all left. Some of them noticed our stall, but Brian Haley, Haringey executive member for transport, the decision maker on the CPZ’s, promptly came to have a closer look. After studying our questioner and CPZ Questions Answers leaflet he said "It won't make any difference" while he walked off.

Is this the same Brian Haley who is

  • quoted in the press as saying: "We are aware that there have been problems with our consultation process....”   Times 6.7.06
  • or quoted in the press as saying ”What we do want is genuine consultation about the issue - nothing is set in stone yet” Advertiser 12.7.06
  • Or Brian Haley the executive member for transport who represents the publicly stated policies on Haringey web site which states: "The decision to go ahead with a controlled parking zone follows a consultation with residents and businesses whose views determine what roads are in the zone..." ?

When he said "It won't make any difference" did he mean

  • the consultation with residents and businesses and their views “won't make any difference” ?
  • or that our efforts to inform the wider public about the proposed CPZ schemes and the impact it might have on their lives? “won't make any difference”? (to their views?)

8.7.06 | GreenN8 members run an information stall in Crouch End Broadway this week. Armed with a poster of a map of the area which includes all the currently consulted zones titled “CPZ the full picture”.

People were very interested and came to have a look at where they are and if these proposals will effect them, everyone was eager to part take in the survey we did.
See the form

We engaged all points of view! and strongly encouraged those who said they would like a CPZ in their area to fill up the survey form.

The result is highly interesting.

253 Crouch End shoppers took part

  • 65% did not get a consultation leaflet from Haringey!
  • Only 6% of the people surveyed, wanted CPZ on their road
  • But only 4% actually wanted pay and display in Crouch End!
  • 92% Were against the scheme!
  • 98% own a car

The question is should it be introduced on this basis?

Proposed Residential CPZ
Harringay Station
Hornsey Station
Bounds Green / Bowes Park
Fortis Green

Stop and Shop proposed CPZ
Crouch End
Muswell Hill







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