Labour stands up for Churchill Gardens residents on council parking chaos

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At the Council meeting on 6th March 2019, Labour Councillors will be repeating their call for immediate action by Westminster Council and City West Homes to end the parking chaos across council estates in Westminster caused by City West Homes’ repeated failure to stop non-permit holders from parking illegally on the estates.

In a motion, to be moved by Harrow Road Ward Councillor Tim Roca and seconded by Churchill Ward Councillor Andrea Mann, Labour are calling for:

– The implementation of Traffic Management Orders across Westminster’s estates at the first available opportunity

– An investigation into the delays to implement the TMOs

– A payment holiday for all affected estates until effective traffic enforcement is implemented

– Compensation for those residents who have not received a functioning parking enforcement service in recent years.

Labour say that half-hearted action has been taken on Churchill Gardens estate where residents have been offered a ‘payment-holiday’ while the Council sorts out the parking chaos. But no such offer has been made to residents on other estates in Paddington, including the Lydford, Wessex Gardens and Brunel estates, where residents have been paying parking charges for two years without the necessary enforcement action back up from City West Homes.

The Labour motion says:

“The council notes the continuing lack of parking enforcement on Westminster’s council estates. It notes that the efforts to introduce Traffic Management Orders (TMO’s) are running over a year behind the originally promised timetable for implementation

It notes that without Traffic Management Order powers in the last few years CityWest staff have handed out over 1000 pieces of paper to cars illegally parked but according to officers have only achieved one legal enforcement action 

The council also notes that many other Councils have implemented such Traffic Management Orders several years ago

The council believes that the lack of enforcement has created a parking free-for-all on a number of estates that has led to blocked access for emergency vehicles, issues of criminality as well as many spaces being taken or blocked by those who are not paying their fair share.

The council also believes that residents who have continued to pay for their parking permits in recent years have been poorly treated by CityWest Homes.

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