Wednesday 30 April 2003 3.26pm
Apols for the longish post but I have just spent a very interesting two hours on a walkabout as part of the Southwark Street
The programme is designed to make residents more aware of what should and shouldn't be happening on the streets of Southwark and empower them to do something about it, however I'll jump straight to the interesting part of today's walkabout (although feel free to email me if you want more details about the programme.)
We were challenging a local business over rubbish dumped outside their premises when I noticed that all their cars parked outside were taking up the full length of the resident parking bays, but they did not have permits. A local resident told me that the traffic wardens ignore them, and suggested that perhaps they had some 'agreement' with them.
As we left the street we (including 3 members of the council) noticed two traffic wardens entering the street, so we waited at the corner and watched.
To my total disbelief the wardens hovered around the area by the cars, seemingly in conversation with each other, and then moved on without checking any of the cars or issuing any tickets.
I can only assume the local resident is right and some pockets are being lined with money somewhere. The council workers with us were equally 'amused' and have at least suggested an action to get the bay suspended.
Has anyone else seen such a 'blind eye' being turned to illegal parking?