Churchill Gardens parking permit ‘payment holiday’ doesn’t go far enough

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CityWest Homes have recently written to all parking permit holders on Churchill Gardens estate, saying they won’t need to make any further payments until new parking arrangements (a ‘Traffic Management Order’) are put in place on the estate in the New Year.

While we welcome this ‘payment holiday’, we believe it doesn’t go nearly far enough – and doesn’t make up for the two years that Churchill Gardens residents have been paying full price for permits without receiving the same service.

By their own admission, since they took over parking enforcement on Churchill Gardens in October 2016, CityWest Homes have not provided a like-for-like service. What’s more, they knew that this new system could be taken advantage of.

This resulted in the unfair situation whereby residents were expected to continue paying full price for permits – while others were able to park on the estate for free and without being fined.

We have written to the Cabinet Member for Housing and CityWest Homes, reiterating our call for compensation – whether monetary or in the form of the equivalent free parking – for anyone who paid for a Churchill Gardens resident parking permit after October 2016.

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