Thankfully, our house is not in a controlled parking zone (CPZ). I’d be green, blue and purple of anger: when the council decides to make your street a controlled parking zone, it means that you need to go and pay a fee (in the order of £60 per annum, I believe) for the right to park your own car outside your own house. Road taxes paid for the car, substantial taxes paid for the fuel consumed by said car, and council takes paid for the house notwithstanding.
In their latest Around Ealing pamphlet, the council even boasts about the new and super-convenient facility which allows the purchase of visitor parking vouchers online and from your mobile phone.
I think the official justification is to prevent “wild parking” and to ensure that streets around popular hotspots, such as a shopping area or a tube station, aren’t cluttered with parking cars, leaving no car parking space for residents. In my simple little mind, it means that I need to produce proof of residence, and for each car owned, proof or ownership and road tax payment. In return, the council would supply a resident’s parking permit.
Everything else is nothing but unashamed money making without service in return.
The audacity of boasting and declaring the new payment methods an improvement! Have they no self-respect, no shame, no common sense? Oh. I see. No, no and no.
- Carlisle’s parking problem hurts business, analyst says (pennlive.com)
- Why MPs must crack down on cowboy parking firms (blogs.confused.com)