Counter-terrorism expert fined by council for simply driving to Highgate home
A security expert has waged war on Haringey Council after being fined for simply driving into his own home.
Ford Keeble, 44, has been penalised twice for making an illegal right turn into a 400-year-old alleyway in Highgate Village, where he has lived for seven years.
The right turn is the only safe way to access his home in Angel Yard, he claims. Despite this, he and his wife have lost appeals against two council penalty charge notices in the last month.
To avoid being fined, he now takes lengthy diversions that can add an extra hour onto his journey because of heavy village traffic.
Mr Keeble said: “It’s ridiculous. It’s having an impact on my work and having an impact on my family life, because I have to make these ridiculous diversions.”
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Mr Keeble was fined when his car was caught on CCTV by a traffic spy camera in Highgate High Street.
The camera replaced much-maligned CCTV cars enforcing the illegal right turn from the high street into South Grove late last year.
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Mr Keeble said that he was never ticketed for making the turning before the camera was finally activated by the council more than six months after it was first installed.
“It’s just nonsense, and a tax on the village,” he said. “Haringey Council said it enforces the right turn restriction over safety concerns and to ease congestion.”
One of Mr Keeble’s parking tickets states: “Entering Angel Yard from Highgate High Street would require a motorist to complete an illegal manoeuvre causing a hazard to other motorists and pedestrians.”
A spokeswoman suggested that there are alternative routes Mr Keeble could take, such as a legal left-hand turn into the yard from the high street if he drives from the other direction.
But Mr Keeble said it is near-impossible to make a left-hand turn into narrow Angel Yard because the junction is too tight.
To make the turning successfully, he says he would have to reverse into oncoming traffic in the high street.
The only other way to access the yard is via Pond Square, which requires a lengthy diversion, often through heavy village traffic, he claims.
A Haringey Council spokeswoman said: “Disregarding the restriction puts other road users at risk. There are clear signs indicating the restriction and informing drivers that a camera is in operation.”
Mr Keeble plans to appeal his tickets again at a council hearing.