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A tale of two boroughs: One man’s struggle parking between Havering and Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 June 2015

Michael Foley with his grandson Liam. Michael keeps getting parking tickets from Havering council even though the road outside his house is managed by Barking and Dagenham council

Michael Foley with his grandson Liam. Michael keeps getting parking tickets from Havering council even though the road outside his house is managed by Barking and Dagenham council

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A grandfather has spoken of his anger contesting the parking tickets he receives from Havering despite leaving his car over the border in Barking and Dagenham.

Michael Foley’s house is in Havering – the authority which collects his council tax – but the road outside, Gorseway in Rush Green, is in Barking and Dagenham.

The latter allows parking on the pavement, which Mr Foley does as his grandson, who lives with him, has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair.

Havering, however, does not allow parking on pavements and attendants have put “five or six” tickets on his car over the years.

“They are issued because I was parked on the kerb and I have contested these and all have been cancelled,” explained Mr Foley, 59.

“I suggested on each occasion that they inform their parking attendants where the border is.”

Five years ago Havering Council painted double yellow lines outside Mr Foley’s house in error, as the road is not controlled by the authority.

“A gentleman from Havering came to see me and explained that the border between the two boroughs was roughly in line with the front of my house,” said Mr Foley.

“The yellow lines Havering had put there actually crossed into Barking and Dagenham and he said they should be removed.

“They never were, however there was a space where the lines ended and he said I should park there and if this space was occupied I should park on the pavement in Barking and Dagenham.”

However parking tickets keep being issued incorrectly and Havering’s automated telephone system doesn’t allow for contesting illegal parking tickets, which Mr Foley must do in writing.

Cllr Robert Benham, Havering’s cabinet member for environment, said: “I would like to apologise to Mr Foley for all these difficulties. Clearly this is not good enough.

“All parking tickets that have been issued incorrectly have been cancelled.

“We are taking steps to ensure we do not issue any further tickets across the border.

“This is a unique situation and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Barking and Dagenham to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”


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