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Fury over East End car owners’ parking ban

PUBLISHED: 15:01 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:26 05 October 2010

CAR owners living in London’s East End are protesting after a Town Hall mix-up which means they are now being banned from parking in their street designated a car free’ zone. The mix-up came to light when they tried to renew their annual permits and were refused

By Julia Gregory

CAR owners living in London's East End are protesting after a Town Hall mix-up which means they are now being banned from parking in their street designated a 'car free' zone.

The mix-up came to light when they tried to renew their annual permits and were refused.

Selda Bicer was told by Tower Hamlets Council that she was no longer eligible to park in Horseferry Road in Limehouse, where she lives, as the turning is 'car free.'

Yet the council has been giving permits out for the past eight years.

"At no point since 2002 up until I went to buy a permit in September was any resident aware of this 'car free' zone," she told the East London Advertiser.

"There was no correspondence, no consultation period, no signed paperwork or any agreement and definitely no mention when signing the lease for our property."

Residents at the Newlon Housing Trust development have been told they will be given permits for just one more year while they make alternative arrangements for their cars.

They were informed by letter: "Tower Hamlets Council have confirmed residential permit (sic) have been issued to residents of Horseferry Road but state this was in error."

The letter warns: "The council is obliged by law not to issue any on-street resident parking permits or visitor 'scratch' cards to this type of address."

The council's acting Head of Parking, Bosa Chude, told Selda Bicer that the development had been designated 'car free' by law as part of a planning agreement and residents should have been told. A planning deal with developers in 1999 banned residents' parking.

Now the angry residents are handing in a petition to the Town Hall at its January 27 council meeting.


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