Noel Park: Liberal Democrat survey shows failure of parking consultation

Haringey Council proposals to expand parking controls in Noel Park have been thrown into doubt after a survey by local Liberal Democrats showed that one in six people failed to receive consultation documents on local streets.

Local residents were supposed to receive documents in April this year asking for their views on the new West Green and Bruce Grove Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). However, it has emerged that many residents surveyed in Boreham Road and Westbury Avenue by local Noel Park councillor Fiyaz Mughal did not receive consultation documents at all.

Local Liberal Democrats have expressed their concern at Haringey Council’s failure to provide all households covered by the proposed new parking restrictions with an opportunity to respond to the consultation. They have also highlighted that the responses received to their own survey showed that nearly seventy per cent of those people who did not receive information about the consultation were against the new CPZ.

Next Tuesday the Council’s Labour cabinet will decide whether to proceed with the new West Green and Bruce Grove CPZ. Reports for the meeting show that 72% of local residents do not want it.

Cllr Fiyaz Mughal (Noel Park) comments:

“It is very worrying that Haringey Council can go ahead with new parking restrictions when local residents have not had an opportunity to take part in the consultations.

“We decided to run our own survey and this clearly shows that Haringey Council’s consultation failed to provide a true reflection of public opinion in Boreham Road and Westbury Avenue.

“I have written to parking bosses at Haringey Council for them to reconsider any decision taken to implement a CPZ in these roads until they take into consideration the results of our survey.”

Lynne Featherstone MP adds:

“This shows that Haringey Council is failing to engage fully with local people. If residents have not been provided with information and an opportunity to voice their opinions, then Haringey Council should not go ahead with plans.”