30% increase in parking charges. Taxation by the back door?

Following concerns raised by a substantial number of residents, the Association objected, in the strongest terms to the proposed 30% increase in parking charges.

No valid reason for the increase has been given. Under the rules, the Council should only levy increases necessary to meet policy objectives, such as good parking management, discouraging forecourt parking, loss of front gardens or those from outside our area commuting by car, encouraging alternatives to car use in our area and maintaining existing kerb-side parking. It is illegal to use the charges as an income generator.  Revenue not used for enforcement must only be used for legitimate purposes - to improve transport in our area.

There is substantial evidence that Haringey Council are using the parking scheme as an income generator – something that would be unlawful:

No financial case for the charges has been made

No plans have been instituted to improve transport in our area – indeed, the Council have been scandalously neglectful in their treatment of Hornsey Park Road and Alexandra Road, permitting increased traffic, over use by HGVs and buses (Hornsey Park Road), dangerous levels of unmonitored pollution, excessive noise and unmonitored road accidents, not to say litter, parking problems, loss of front gardens and anti-social behaviour associated with town centre parking being allowed to disrupt the surrounding residential neighbourhoods

Residents no longer receive reminders that permits need renewing or any latitude should they forget

The parking shop has recently ceased Saturday opening, its busiest day, given that residents who work or otherwise occupied during the working week are reliant upon being able to deal with parking matters face to face on this day

Loss of kerb-side parking resulting from increased forecourt parking reduces the effectiveness of the scheme and is a dis benefit to ‘road users’

The council have ignored resident requests to have the zone timing reduced to 6.30pm or 8pm – something that would save money!

The charges appear to be a selective 'local taxation', applying for the greater part only to those residents with a car who have not created forecourt parking (the very residents who are helping the council to meet its environmental and flood risk policies and strategies).

Use the link to make your own objection, contact the Ward councillors or join the Associations objection to help stop this unfair and probably unlawful increase.

  • Frontline.Consultation@haringey.gov.uk
  • James.Stewart@haringey.gov.uk

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