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Parking anger over fines

PUBLISHED: 18:12 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

by Nadia Sam-Daliri Residents have slammed the council for stinging them with hefty parking fines as they briefly pop into their newsagents. Drivers who regularly use the shops around Saltram Crescent, in Maida Vale, have been caught out

by Nadia Sam-Daliri

Residents have slammed the council for stinging them with hefty parking fines as they briefly pop into their newsagents.

Drivers who regularly use the shops around Saltram Crescent, in Maida Vale, have been caught out by a recently introduced camera which is nabbing them for parking on a single yellow line for five minutes.

Westminster City Council has a controlled parking zone scheme across the borough, which means that they are not obliged to put signs up on roads, as long as there are signs at the entry point for each parking zone.

But residents feel they are being caught out on an unfair technicality.

Jim Fay, of Fernhead Road, Maida Vale, whose wife got a £120 fine, said: "This is just a sly way the council is making money. They're defrauding the public. There are no signs to say you can't park quickly."

Anil Kebat, who runs the Hamish Newsagents, in Saltram Crescent, said: "Customers who quickly come in for milk or a newspaper are staying away and I'm losing business. Also, I have no loading bay.

"If someone parks there for five minutes, like they always have, to drop off stock they get fined. It's ridiculous."

The council said drivers can stop on yellow lines to load or pick up passengers but this may be limited at certain times.

Alastair Gilchrist, director of parking, said: "We have introduced a number of common sense parking measures to make life easier for motorists.

"Resident permit holders are given a five minute allowance to stop on a yellow line so that they can load or unload. However, the activity must be seen to be continuous."

Unless it states otherwise, drivers can park on single yellow lines outside controlled hours, which are generally between 8.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Last year, the council made £38 million on all its parking provisions, including phone parking, fines, resident permits and suspension charges.

As a local authority, Westminster is legally not allowed to make a profit from parking services.

The money must be used in transport projects.

nadia.sam-daliri@archant.co.uk


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