‘Res­i­dent park­ing per­mits a money-mak­ing scheme’

Cam­paigner says it will cause con­flict be­tween neigh­bours

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

AN Ick­en­ham wo­man has launched a cam­paign against Hilling­don Coun­cil’s park­ing per­mit scheme, which came into force on Monday.

Joanne Teale, who lives in Copthall Road East, has op­posed the new sys­tem and says it will cause ar­gu­ments be­tween neigh­bours and is a ‘money-mak­ing scheme’ by the coun­cil.

Miss Teale started a pe­ti­tion against the per­mits and gath­ered al­most 100 sig­na­tures from lo­cal house­holds and busi­nesses.

The 50-year-old told the Gazette: “It’s a money-mak­ing scheme. If it isn’t a mon­ey­mak­ing scheme then why don’t they give them to res­i­dents for free?

“It causes con­flict be­tween neigh­bours and if I’ve got vis­i­tors I’ve got to give them vouch­ers and then they’ve got to go and find a bay. And the bays aren’t big enough.”

Ms Teale said the bays have al­ready caused con­fu­sion with a neigh­bour, who be­lieves one of the bays be­longs to his house, when in re­al­ity they are first come first served.

Park­ing per­mits cost­ing £40 per year be­came manda­tory in Copthall Road East from Monday, and vis­i­tor vouch­ers will cost res­i­dents a fur­ther £5 for 10 and each voucher can only be used once.

Hilling­don Coun­cil car­ried out pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in Septem­ber 2014 to gauge pub­lic opin­ion on ways to tackle all-day com­muter park­ing and said that the coun­cil’s pol­icy was not to adopt changes un­less a ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents were in favour.

But Miss Teale, who works as a hair­dresser, said a ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents she had spo­ken to were in favour of a wait­ing re­stric­tions, not per­mits.

In her pe­ti­tion, Miss Teale said: “I feel that per­mit park­ings will only push ve­hi­cle park­ing into sur­round­ing roads caus­ing a rip­ple ef­fect which, as a small vil­lage, Ick­en­ham can­not sus­tain.

“The per­mit park­ing will also have an ad­verse ef­fect on the small busi­nesses within Ick­en­ham vil­lage as staff need to park their cars while at work and their cus­tomers will go else­where as park­ing is al­ready tight near­est to the shops.”

Miss Teale puts the in­creased park­ing strain in her road and those sur­round­ing, down to West Ruis­lip train sta­tion, where there have been park­ing charge rises and a short­age of spa­ces.

The pe­ti­tion was de­liv­ered to coun­cil of­fi­cer Kevin Urquhart, who works in the coun­cil’s res­i­dent ser­vices de­part­ment, on Monday last week.

n OP­POS­ING THE SYS­TEM: Cam­paigner Joanne Teale

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