Saturday, 2 February 2013

Parking Suspension in De Beauvoir Square and Hertford Road

On January 16th we were contacted by a number of residents about the parking suspensions that had been put in place on Hertford Road and De Beauvoir Square as part of line painting work by Hackney Council's Parking Service.

Having been on the Square the previous morning, we were able to confirm that the signs had been put up less than 24 hours prior to the suspension coming into effect. We wrote to Parking Services and asked whether they thought a days notice was appropriate level of notice to give for parking suspensions.

The Head of Parking has now written to us and has confirmed they do not consider a days notice to be appropriate in normal circumstances. In normal circumstances at least seven days notice is given - this was the case, for example, with the parking suspension notices that were put up on Stamford Road during the same period. They have also confirmed that photos are taken at the time of signs being erected so they can see whether cars are moved between the signs being erected and the suspension beginning.

He goes on to say:

"In this case, I realise that we instructed our contractor to enforce on vehicles where we had given very little notice of the suspension. Please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have called. We will review all Penalty Charge Notices issued in De Beauvoir Square following the suspension and cancel them where we feel the PCN was issued as a result of the permit holder not being given adequate notice."

He adds that they are now reviewing their suspension procedures in the light of this case.

We are very happy to take up the case of anyone who has been affected by these events, whether on De Beauvoir Square or other streets. Please just get in touch using the contact details on the right of this blog.

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