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Stopping to open gate gets me penalty fines from CCTV cameras!

PUBLISHED: 20:38 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:20 05 October 2010

Dear Ed, THE entrance to our car park in Bethnal Green has gates for security. But stopping to open and close them has landed me with parking tickets issued after surveillance from one of two council CCTV cameras at each end of our street

Dear Ed,

THE entrance to our car park in Wilmot Street in Bethnal Green has gates for security. But stopping to open and close the gates has landed me with automatic parking tickets issued after surveillance from one of two Tower Hamlets council CCTV cameras at each end of Wilmot Street.

There was a bottleneck two weeks ago when I stopped to close the gate, caused by lorries parked on my side of the street. I had to reverse out and onto the drive of a neighbouring car-park entrance.

That’s when I saw the CCTV camera swing round to face us when my husband got out to lock the gates. We soon got an automatic penalty notice.

I have appealed to the council, explaining that I was not parked, but had to move our car because of the congestion. The engine was still running (which, of course, the camera doesn’t pick up). This has been totally ignored.

I have asked the head of highways several times to come on a site visit because this is going to keep happening every time I come home or leave when I have to open or shut the gates. He will only come if I win my appeal at the Parking Arbitration Service against the penalty notice, he says.

The CCTV camera swings round periodically and has created a lottery’ for catching motorists, purely to make money by issuing fines.

The public were sold’ the cameras on the pretext of crime prevention—but most times the camera is never facing the crime scene. It is nearly always pointed at cars.

In addition, the council’s own CCTV car turns up in Wilmot Street regularly to catch unsuspecting motorists turning right into Bethnal Green Road. It usually parks on double yellow lines across the entrance to our car park!

I have told the council about their own vehicle breaks the rules—but they just ignore it.

The no right turn’ at Bethnal Green Road just makes the bottleneck worse. One wonders if the council deliberately banned right turns at the T-junction to create revenue. It sure wasn’t done for easing congestion.

Karon Goldman

Bethnal Green (full address supplied)


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