Barclays Bank on South Ealing Road has been misbehaving again, or at least their Los Angeles paving contractors have. Maybe I shouldn’t have a go at the last remaining high street bank branch on either South Ealing Road or Northfield Avenue but they need to learn the rules like everyone else and get off the pavement.
Local resident Jeremy Olive writes to say:
Dear Councillors Taylor and Millican, and the Editor of Ealing Today. My heart sank today when I found a G4S security truck (LT57 GFV) parked up on the brand new pavement outside Barclay’s Bank in South Ealing. Especially following the article on Ealing Today which detailed a similar event with the same branch of Barclay’s and some signwriters. Barclays Bank in South Ealing clearly does not like either our nice new pavements or Boris Johnson (who I understand paid for them) or perhaps both. Or perhaps it simply is another bank that does not care about the local community (the banker’s bonuses have hardly set a good example!). I gather there is ample car parking behind the branch so why don’t they use it? During my period of observation (about 15 minutes) around 13:00 on Thursday 25th (today) I took a few snaps and have forwarded them to yourselves.
I should remind Jeremy that it was our money that paid for the pavements, it was merely Boris’ decision to spend our money on something we might value (unlike our local Labour council).
Back in July Barclays’ sign writers were parked on the pavement, see here. I have written to Barclays and will update you on their response.
Pavements are for people and not for vehicles. It is an offence to park on any part of the pavement. The Northfield councillors, the council’s envirocrime officers and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team have been consistently active in talking to the businesses in South Ealing Road about pavement parking.
This practise is all too common. It does break up pavements and means people can’t get around. The council need to be more active is educating people and enforcing the law in this area.