Saturday 22 November 2003 9.09am
OK I know, I can rant. But usually its related to the important issue of retaining SE1's green space. By and large my view is that modern local Government, particularly in urban areas, is a real challenge and that in the main the service provided is not too bad.
However Southwark parking....... There was a thread a short time back and I failed to appreciate the level of frustration.
The rules state that you are allowed to pay 50% (a mere £50) if you pay within 14 days. You are not allowed to pay and then make representations. You are not allowed to make representations until you receive a notice to owners which you don't get until 28 days.
So it becomes a gamble. Either pay £50 or run the risk of having to pay £100. Did anyone tell Southwark that £100 is a lot of money. Plus it is out of kilter with other boroughs, which allow you to appeal first and not lose the chance of a discount. Parking charges are not simply a revenue raising mechanism. And if treated as such, become an additional tax on both residents and visitors - and will, in the longer term, act as a drag on the local economy.
I got the ticket in Leathermarket Street
at 9.30pm. I had parked safely in a meter space, well outside daytime hours. The street was poorly lit and there was nothing I saw that suggested that I should not have parked there. According to the ticket the bay was suspended. Maybe it was - but it was insufficiently signed on a dark night - plus at that time of night there would not have been any building work or deliveries in the adjacent building. The only point of issuing the ticket would be to raise money, or dissuade people from visiting the area in the evening.
Would love some advice. Or maybe an explanation for the 'assertive' approach. Better still, a chance to make representations and retain my right to a discount.