Wednesday 13 January 2010
Barnet Councils unfair car parking charges
I have a question for the Leader of Barnet Council, Lynne Hillan. She's rather keen on the concept of the Easycouncil, where the more you pay, the better service you get. Well that's what she preaches but what actually happens in practice? When it comes to parking in Barnet, it depends where you live. The cost of buying a resident car parking permit in Barnet is the same for all residents. So far so good. The only problem is that depending on where you live, you get a vastly different set of parking rights for your money.
This blog accepts that there is no way that everyone can be satisfied by such schemes, but it certainly seems unfair to me that £40 in Nether Street buys you a space all day, wheras £40 in Millway buys you a space during the period of the day when you are least likely to need it. Given that the Barnet Conservatives are desperately trying to plug the holes in the finances that they've generated by losing money in Iceland, Aerodrome Road etc, I doubt that any suggestion to reduce parking fees will be looked at, but surely a fair council would give people who only get 1 hour a day a discount over those guaranteed parking all day long.
I await a reply from Lynne Hillan explaining to me how the current system can possibly be considered to be fair.