The council’s Parking Services organisation has started enforcement by CCTV outside Ealing Broadway station. This has given rise to much negative comment in the Gazette and the Ealing Today forum.
Last week the Gazette had a page 2 headline “Â£80 for 3 seconds’ parking”. This week it has printed four letters on the subject and there was another article on page 7 with the heading “CCTV ‘spycam’ angers drivers” along with their tendentious GONE PARKING MAD! logo.
Meanwhile there are two separate threads of comments on the Ealing Today forum:
I wrote to the Gazette last week to remind people that it was an offence to stop in bus stop clearways, ie those bus stops with a thick yellow line next to the pavement, and to invite people to get involved with the current scrutiny panel which is looking into Parking Services but the Gazette has chosen not to print my letter. Now I fully accept that as a councillor I don’t have a God given right to get my letters published, especially if they are tedious or long-winded. I thought it might be useful to point out that stopping in a bus stop clearway is an offence, something that the Gazette’s article refused to do – I guess it undermined the line they wanted to take. I thought it might be useful to promote the Parking Services Specialist Scrutiny Panel but clearly the Gazette wants to carp and wind people up and giving people the chance to raise their concerns with the council does not fit into its agenda.
In its reporting the Gazette is being misleading. For instance, this week they say people “have been caught out stopping for a matter of seconds by the stops”. Either they have stopped on the bus stops – offence – or they have not – no offence. Although some people don’t like these cameras at least you know where you are with them. You get to see the picture. Again there is no discussion in the articles of what offences may have been committed. No advice to the public.
Here is some public service information from me as the Gazette sullenly refuses to take this role on:
The drop off situation at Ealing Broadway is a mess and your councillors are aware of it and it will be dealt with.
The access road is private property. I understand the police have asked them to keep it coned off for security reasons.
We can debate the proper place of bus and pedestrian access as against car access but the fact remains that there are a bus stop and a pedestrian crossing directly in front of the station which have been given priority. It is an offence to park on either of these. The Highway Code says:
Rule 167: You MUST NOT park on a crossing or in the area covered by the zig-zag lines.
Rule 215: You MUST NOT stop or park on a Bus Stop Clearway within its hours of operation.
There are yellow lines opposite the station which you can use for dropping off. Picking up and dropping off is fine on yellow lines EVEN WHEN LOADING RESTRICTIONS APPLY.
The Highway Code is online here.
The council is aware that there are questions about Parking Services and as a result the Parking Services Specialist Scrutiny Panel has been set up to look at some of these. I am chairing it so I am learning a lot about parking right now.
There will be four meetings on:
- Tuesday 11th September 2007
- Thursday 15th November 2007
- Thursday 10th January 2008
- Wednesday 5th March 2008
All meetings are open to the public and will be held at 7pm at the Town Hall. Please note we will not be looking at the specifics of individual cases.
For more information follow this link.