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Parking boss' departure leads to calls for major changes

PUBLISHED: 16:38 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:11 07 September 2010

CALLS have been made for an overhaul in Camden s lucrative parking system, following the announcement that the borough s parking tsar is leaving the Town Hall. Rudy Bright, who has spearheaded penalty charges for motorists for the past six years, announce

CALLS have been made for an overhaul in Camden's lucrative parking system, following the announcement that the borough's parking tsar is leaving the Town Hall.

Rudy Bright, who has spearheaded penalty charges for motorists for the past six years, announced early retirement this week.

The parking chief has often been the focus for campaigners fighting Camden's tough ticketing culture which nets millions of pounds each year.

News of his departure comes after the Ham&High reported the possible loss of Cllr Mike Greene, who presides over the department but is keen to become an MP in Bournemouth.

Campaigners are now calling for the Town Hall to use the change of staff as impetus for a radical overhaul in the parking system.

The London Motorist Action Group, led by Hampstead actor Tom Conti, has always opposed Camden's stringent regime. Chairman Alex Henney, who lives in Swains Lane, said: "There has to be a fundamental change in attitude throughout the department.

"Parking solutions have to cut back on the number of tickets, of CCTV cameras and all the rest of this stuff which is just oppressive and generates revenue."

Mr Bright and Cllr Greene both refused to comment on Mr Bright's departure personally.


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