Haringey Council's car club scheme is just ridiculous
PUBLISHED: 08:56 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010
JUST as I thought Haringey Council could not think of further ways to persecute and fine motorists, lo and behold, another consultation document dropped through the letterbox. We live in a CPZ area - for which we pay a charge. We are then taxed again fo
JUST as I thought Haringey Council could not think of further ways to persecute and fine motorists, lo and behold, another "consultation" document dropped through the letterbox.
We live in a CPZ area - for which we pay a charge. We are then taxed again for our car's CO2 emissions, which does not apply to cars in non-CPZ areas.
We can still rarely find a parking spot in our own street, where the newer houses on one side have garages or pull-off spaces. The other side consists of older houses split into many flats. Most of the owners have cars - and why on earth shouldn't they?
Now, it is proposed that a car club scheme should operate in Haringey - and our short street is nominated as one of the 22 pick up and drop off points, for 41 vehicles. Two very precious car parking spaces will be continually occupied by two club vehicles and residents' parking, such as it is, will be removed.
It will cost £4.95 per hour and allegedly will save residents "the cost and inconvenience of using your own car".
I can think of several flaws in this argument. What about turning up to a designated spot in an emergency and finding no car? What about those who choose to pay the congestion charge rather than use the ghastly public transport system to go to work - it would cost my husband £50 a day!
I cannot see any huge demand for this ridiculous scheme - maybe mums doing the school run, who would keep their own cars anyway.
I asked the consultation officer if she or her boss, Tony Kennedy at Transport Policy and Projects, lived in any of the streets affected. The answer was No!
I am sick to death of these autocratic bureaucrats ruining our lives and taxing us into the ground - the same people who would not allow a phone mast or a travellers' camp next to their own properties.
I also note that the west of the borough is once again disproportionately targeted - another piece of sheer spite.
I was told that if the majority of those "consulted" voted against the scheme, it would be dropped. Oh yes? Such as when residents in our area voted 80 per cent against the CPZ - and then were told to vote again, upon which the council got the 'right' answer in mysterious circumstances.
The Lib Dems won't object - so this time perhaps some direct action is called for.
Hillside Gardens, N6