Havering residents could be handed power to force double yellow lines review
07:00 02 September 2014
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Members of the public could soon get the power to challenge Havering Council over double yellow lines and parking charges.
Local government secretary Eric Pickles has announced plans to allow residents and businesses to force local authorities to review road restrictions in their area.
Under the proposals, support from 50 council tax payers or 10 per cent of the residents or businesses in a given area would be enough to trigger a review.
Local authorities would then need to produce a report for consideration at an appropriate council meeting.
Mr Pickles said: “Too often yellow lines are imposed on neighbourhoods or the high street without fair consideration of the livelihood of residents, local shops or the availability of parking spaces.
“Now local people will have a direct and democratic right to trigger a formal council led review of road restrictions in their area.
“Town centres need to allow for proper traffic flow, but incessant yellow lines, CCTV spy cars and trigger happy parking wardens make everyday life unbearable for drivers looking for somewhere to park when shopping locally.
“This government is standing up for hard working people and tackling over-zealous parking enforcement practices and unfair parking charges that force people away from the high street and into out-of-town shopping centres or online.”
Earlier this year, Mr Pickles’ Department for Communities and Local Government announced controversial “spy cars” were to be banned.
In one year alone, Havering Council raised nearly £700,000 from penalty charge notices issued by the mobile CCTV vehicles.
Mr Pickles said the cars represented the “overzealous parking enforcement” of “greedy councils”, though’s Havering’s cabinet member for environment countered that the borough’s record showed it took a “practical and responsible approach”.