CCTV cameras in three streets in St John’s Wood were responsible for over 3,000 parking tickets being issued to drivers in 2008, according to figures released by Westminster City Council following a Freedom of Information request by parking campaigner Paul Pearson.
The parking tickets were issued by CCTV cameras in:
* Circus Road – 1,549 parking tickets
* St John’s Wood High Street – 890 parking tickets
* Abbey Road – 566 parking tickets
making a total of 3,005 parking tickets in 2008.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group said:
“These figures are truly shocking. Westminster Conservatives are fleecing motorists of thousands of pounds for minor parking offences. Shopkeepers in St John’s Wood High Street and Abbey Road are having their business severely damaged by Westminster’s money-grabbing parking policies. At a time of tough economic conditions, the last thing local shopkeepers want is the Council frightening off their customers with constant parking fines.
“The time has come for a fundamental review of the use of CCTV to issue parking tickets in residential streets in St John’s Wood, Maida Vale and Paddington. Residents are fed up with their money-grabbing Conservative Council taking even more of their hard-earned cash.”Other news from Westminster Labour