Philip Green is outraged that motorists in Westminster will be charged to park on the street until midnight each weekday and until 6pm on Sundays. He says “people who come to London know they have got to find a place to park. Charging people on a Sunday is just outrageous behaviour” (umm, most people come by train and a few people seem to think your tax arrangement are a bit outrageous as well, and while we are at it, could you please stop your staff parking in the pedestrianised Arras Square in Ipswich?). The Bishop of London said he was concerned that the legislation would be “detrimental to the parishioners who have met Sunday by Sunday in our parish churches for hundreds of years” (gosh, and to think that they have been driving to church in cars for hundreds of years – amazing). Karen Buck, MP for North Westminster thinks the charges would be illegal (actually, Karen, there is significant legal evidence that it is illegal to park on the highway at all – Surrey County Council says if clearly on their website, stating that: “in common law, drivers have the right to pass and re-pass along the road. There is no legal right to park on a road, verge or footway“). Lord Young, the PMs business advisor said that the move ‘would destroy the West End’ (of course it would your Lordship – people come to see all the cars lined up on the roads, without them what is there to see).
Inspiration from around on world from Park(ing) day 2011 which took place yesterday when people all over the world reclaim parking meters for social and convivial purposes. Here are a few photos and a great piece of artwork from the people who created the event a few years ago. Great to see a neat little park hitting London’s streets with help from ibuyeco and the Woodland Trust.
According to a recent poll of 2,000 motorists some 44% of motorists believe they “own” the nearest parking space on the road to their home and 18% have felt distressed when a stranger parked in front of their property. In reality it is possible that it is not actually legal at all to park on the highway – Surrey County Council’s website says that “In common law, drivers have the right to pass and re-pass along the road. There is no legal right to park on a road, verge or footway“. ‘Parp part’ went Mr Toad.
Carillion like roads, they are paid to build them and maintain them and their mission is to ‘make tomorrow a better place’. Unfortunately one of their vehicles is regularly left blocking a pavement overnight, is probably also damaging the paving and is definitely making today a worse place for local residents. I have just placed a report on fixmystreet and have also complained to them using their nice feedback form. Let’s put huge pressure on these companies that are paid to build roads and who then don’t respect pedestrians. Feel free to tell them what you think as well.
No chance of getting by.
And of course this is not one-off. Here is another highway maintenance vehicle being parked overnight on the pavement in the area.