Thursday 26 May 2005 1.03pm
Individual councils retain responsibilty for parking controls in their borough - although many of them contract out parking services to private third party companies, it is the council that ultimately remains responsible. In that sense, Southwark Council
is responsible for regulating its own wardens.
However, I think you are asking who actually regulates Southwark Council
in carrying out their parking regulation services ?
Well, you can appeal on individual matters to the Parking Adjudicator at The Parking and Traffic Appeals Service. http://www.parkingandtrafficappeals.gov.uk/
There isn't an overall government regulator for parking services (like you have Ofcom for telecommunications or the ORR for rail services). However, the London boroughs are required to "work in partnership" with the Mayor of London to deliver the aspects of transport strategy relevant to their responsibilities, so I guess the Mayor and the London Assembly have a kind of overall review function. Not sure how much luck you would have getting them to exercise it though !
Edited to say: I almost forgot the Local Government Ombudsman - who regulates a lot of the things that Local Councils do - his focus is more on maladminstration than policy though and you have to have been caused "a real or substantial injustice" by the council before he will investigate - details will be on Southwark's website somewhere...
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 26 May 2005 1.08pm by Siduhe.