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Patience running out as council admits another CPZ blunder

PUBLISHED: 18:46 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:07 07 September 2010

By Charlotte Newton Haringey council has admitted that 2,000 consultation documents on a controlled parking zone in Crouch End were sent to the wrong homes. The blunder means that hundreds of homes that should have been included in the month-long consult

By Charlotte Newton

haringey council has admitted that 2,000 consultation documents on a controlled parking zone in Crouch End were sent to the wrong homes.

The blunder means that hundreds of homes that should have been included in the month-long consultation have been wrongly excluded.

Red faced officials have been forced to send letters of apology to homes in 31 roads, including Farrer Road, Rathcoole Avenue, Hillfield Avenue and Gisburn Road after they were erroneously included in the mailing list.

Meanwhile, other homeowners who have patiently waited for a year to take part in the consultation have not received the necessary documents.

Among them is Sue Hessel of the Haslemere Residents' Association, who said: "How on earth the council got this wrong is beyond me. We are not a transient population. We are all on the electoral roll and we took part in the mayoral elections. So why did officers send the consultation documents out to the wrong addresses? I despair."

Lyn Weber, Liberal Democrat councillor for Crouch End, said: "Sadly this is yet another case of Haringey Council not paying enough attention to detail. It seems unable to complete or organise a smooth running, hassle-free, CPZ consultation process.

"I am sure residents who gave their time and ideas to improve the consultation document will feel very let down by yet another blunder," she said.

The aim of the proposals is to make it easier for residents living within a wide area from Shepherds Hill to Ferme Park Road, to park in their own roads by stopping commuter parking. The consultation process is to find out whether residents living inside the zone want restricted parking and is due to run until June 16. It may now have to be re-started.

The embarrassing mix-up occurred after the council's distribution company confused addresses and sent documents to homes outside the zone.

The fiasco is reminiscent of a similar blunder by Haringey Council two years ago, when documents on parking restrictions to be introduced around Hornsey Station in Tottenham Lane and Haringey Station in Quernmore Road, were sent to the wrong addresses.

However, a council spokesperson said: "Only the views of those rightly consulted will influence the outcome of this CPZ. However we welcome any feedback from residents living outside the consultation zone and will take their views into account when drawing up any further parking or transport proposals for the wider area."

charlotte.newton@hamhigh.co.uk


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