Merton Council caught creating road obstruction again

This Is Local London: Obstruction: The CCTV vehicle in Queens Road, Wimbledon Obstruction: The CCTV vehicle in Queens Road, Wimbledon

Eagle-eyed readers are keeping up the pressure on Merton's parking officials after another council worker was pictured obstructing traffic while trying to catch out motorists.

The picture was taken last month and photographer Karl Martin, associate director at Ellisons estate agents, said he regularly sees Merton Council CCTV vans parking on double yellow lines on Queens Road obstructing buses and other traffic coming to and from The Broadway.

Council workers, including traffic wardens, are permitted to ignore normal parking restrictions while carrying out statutory duties.

The practice has seen angry readers send in scores of photographs of CCTV vans parked in hatched areas or on double yellow lines, sparking Wimbledon Guardian to launch its Parking Madness campaign toplace pressure on Merton Council to act.

Mr Martin, who works at Ellisons in Queens Road, said: "They block the road so cars can’t get along there.

"It drives us crazy because it causes absolute havoc.

"Sometimes they park on the drop kerb on the corner by South Park Road and we have to get them to move to get our car out."

Mr Martin said people knock on the car windows to get the drivers to move on but they are ignored.

Council cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking Councillor Judy Saunders said their officers always make every effort to park in places where there are no traffic restrictions and which cause as little obstruction as possible.

Coun Saunders said: "They are legally allowed to park where necessary to carry out their enforcement duties and in this case the officer stopped only for as long as it took to film a parking offence which was causing an obstruction to other traffic in the area.

"As part of our firm but fair approach, our enforcement manual is online so drivers can see our enforcement policy and our parking charter explains what we expect from drivers and what they can expect from us."

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7:56am Sun 22 Jun 14

tjames says...

pickles has declared these vehicles illegal
pickles has declared these vehicles illegal tjames
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10:00am Mon 23 Jun 14

alphabeti says...

I think he only said they are not to be used for parking violations (which incidentally has already been stated in Home Office guidance on CCTV use). However, parking at that point opposite the bus stop seems rather irresponsible and dangerous. They are allowed to do as they please it seems.
I think he only said they are not to be used for parking violations (which incidentally has already been stated in Home Office guidance on CCTV use). However, parking at that point opposite the bus stop seems rather irresponsible and dangerous. They are allowed to do as they please it seems. alphabeti
  • Score: 2

10:46am Wed 25 Jun 14

Tobermory says...

When is the Guardian going to get readers to send in photos of Police vehicles parked on yellow lines, or Royal Mail vehicles and other Council services like refuse trucks? The photo shows nothing, no vehicle is being even being obstructed another non story from the 'reporters' at the Guardian!
When is the Guardian going to get readers to send in photos of Police vehicles parked on yellow lines, or Royal Mail vehicles and other Council services like refuse trucks? The photo shows nothing, no vehicle is being even being obstructed another non story from the 'reporters' at the Guardian! Tobermory
  • Score: 0

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