Mother furious over greedy’ car clampers
DRIVERS have hit out against greedy parking inspectors who have clamped their cars – in a residents only parking zone, writes Kate Ferguson. A number of residents in Rosedene block, Christchurch Avenue, Brondesbury Park, say they have been unfairly cla
DRIVERS have hit out against 'greedy parking inspectors' who have clamped their cars - in a residents' only parking zone, writes Kate Ferguson.
A number of residents in Rosedene block, Christchurch Avenue, Brondesbury Park, say they have been unfairly clamped when parked on the estate, which is run by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP).
Mum-of-two Caroline Paton, launched a petition urging Wing Security, the company employed to enforce parking restrictions, to reform their guidelines.
Mrs Paton, who has two young children, said she was inspired to draw up the petition after she got back from the shops to find her car clamped.
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The clampers demanded �85 to release her car.
She said: "When I was clamped they wouldn't tell me when they put it on my car, and you are only given 48 hours before they tow it away.
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"I had to sit in the car with my two young children and wait for the men that take the clamp away to arrive.
"It is a ridiculous system, something has to change because we are being penalised."
Parking restrictions were enforced in the block after residents complained passers through were using it as a free car parking space.
Residents claim they were told the permits, which were sent out last August, lasted a year, but have since found out they expire when a driver's tax disc runs out.
James Guled, a disabled resident living in Rosedene, said his car was clamped in April after his blue disabled badge fell from the window screen.
He said: "I couldn't believe it when my neighbour told me my car was clamped.
"I have an artificial leg and need my car to get around, but I was immobilised. I had to get my friends to pick me up and drop me off when I needed to go out."
Mr Guled said that he wrote to appeal the fine, but had not received a response from Wing Security.
Cllr Carol Shaw, for Brondesbury ward, said: "All residents who have been clamped 'by mistake' should get their money back and reassured that any future parking ventures on council estates have a proper policy which residents and tenants know about to prevent this appalling mess happening again."
A BHP spokeswoman refused to comment.