Let’s just call it Fine Street


Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - QASIM PERACHA

HILLING­DON Coun­cil war­dens have handed out more than 30,000 park­ing tick­ets and driv­ing penal­ties in the first five months of 2018.

More than one in six of those Penalty Charge No­tices (PCN) were is­sued on a sin­gle street in Uxbridge.

Data ob­tained by getwest­lon­don us­ing the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act un­cov­ered that Vine Street in Uxbridge Town Cen­tre saw 5,706 park­ing tick­ets, bus lane con­tra­ven­tions or penal­ties for en­ter­ing yel­low box junc­tions and dis­obey­ing no en­try signs from Jan­uary 1 to May 31, 2018.

Over the 150 days in the time pe­riod an av­er­age of 38 tick­ets were handed out on the street ev­ery day.

Vine Street is at the cen­tre of Uxbridge and leads to the Un­der­ground sta­tion, how­ever the area ac­ces­si­ble to mo­torists is only around 100 me­tres long, with the re­main­ing area be­tween the old Ran­dall’s depart­ment store and the town cen­tre only ac­ces­si­ble to buses and cy­clists.

A cam­era recog­nises the num­ber plates of any ve­hi­cle cross­ing that is not a bus and no­tices are sent in the post. The penalty for en­ter­ing the bus only area is £130, although pay­ment re­ceived within a fort­night earns the of­fend­ing mo­torist a 50% dis­count.

The next most penal­ties handed out were in North­gate, North­wood, with 2,729 no­tices sent to mo­torists in just 150 days.

Only buses and cy­clists are al­lowed to turn into North­wood from Ducks Hill Road and there is a cam­era at the junc­tion which reg­is­ters any ve­hi­cle turn­ing in.

Of the 50 lo­ca­tions where the most no­tices are handed out, all of which saw more than 100 no­tices is­sued dur­ing the 150 day pe­riod, 14 were in Hayes and 10 were in Uxbridge, while 9 were in Ruis­lip.

Specif­i­cally in the eight roads and car parks around the Ruis­lip Lido, 932 PCNs were handed out in the first 150 days of 2018, be­fore the busy sum­mer pe­riod even be­gan.

The high­est num­ber of no­tices were is­sued on Ducks Hill Road in Ruis­lip, with 257. Fur­ther Data re­veals that 153 of these tick­ets were given in May, which ex­pe­ri­enced un­sea­son­ably hot weather, while just three tick­ets were is­sued on the road in Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March com­bines.

The fig­ure of 153 tick­ets in May 2018 on Ducks Hill Road is more than triple the num­ber of tick­ets handed out in May 2017 (42) and May 2016 (50).

Last year, 184 tick­ets were is­sued on Ducks Hill Road in June. Fig­ures for June 2018 are not yet avail­able.

The area around the Lido is a tow away zone, so driv­ers park­ing il­le­gally can have their car towed away to Northview Car Park in East­cote, about 3 miles away. The tow away zone will be en­forced dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods this sum­mer.

The re­stric­tions in Withy Lane, Aber­corn Grove, Bury Street, Ducks Hill Road, Lake­side Close and Reser­voir road run from 9am to 7pm ev­ery day of the year, un­less you have a res­i­dent’s per­mit.

Some pri­vate roads around the Lido also see an­ti­so­cial park­ing, but the coun­cil are not able to en­force any park­ing re­stric­tions or re­move any ve­hi­cles un­less the prop­erty has a dropped kerb.

To re­trieve a car towed away from the Lido, you only need to pay for your park­ing ticket. No ad­di­tional pay­ment is taken for the tow­ing or im­pound­ing of the car.

Lovely Ruis­lip Lido – but watch out if you park in Ducks Hill Road

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