LIB DEM INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT COUNCIL DRIVES A COACH AND HORSES THROUGH ITS OWN PARKING POLICY

It was revealed this week by Woodside and Noel Park Liberal Democrats that new residents of Eclipse House, in Station Road, Wood Green, are being issued with permits allowing them to park their cars in nearby streets in the Wood Green controlled parking zone.

Lib Dem candidate for Woodside in the local elections, Nigel Scott, says this breaches a condition applied to the planning consent granted in 2002 preventing occupiers of the building from being given permits.

Nigel Scott comments:

“Not only has the planning condition to refuse parking permits to buyers in this building proved to be worthless, prospective buyers are actually being encouraged to buy by being offered parking permits by the developer.There are currently applications pending for hundreds of ‘car free’ flats in Wood Green. If all the newcomers who have cars are given permits, there will probably be fighting in the streets over parking. There is simply not enough space.”

Newly elected Lib Dem Noel Park councillor Fiyaz Mughal adds:

“This proves how hollow the Council’s undertaking was. They said there would be no parking permits issued for occupiers of this building, but as soon as it is completed – they issue them anyway!How will they be able to prevent occupants of any other new development from securing parking permits now?”

Hornsey & Wood Green Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone says:

“Haringey Council has to explain who is authorising these permits and explain where it leaves the Council’s policies on encouraging car-free developments. Otherwise how can residents have any trust in the Council’s planning policies?”

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