Ealing Council’s Double Standards

The first you may know about any offence is when a penalty charge notice drops through your letter box.That’s because councils have the power to issue tickets through the post for offences caught on CCTV. The photo shows new camera installed on King Street, click on the image to enlarge.

We are all for lawful parking restrictions designed to expedite the flow of traffic and to make the roads safe, but like many other councils, Ealing does not appear to have missed out on the golden opportunity of milking the parking enforcement ‘cash cow’. The introduction of an additional 85 parking enforcement CCTV cameras exposes the council’s highly efficient drive to squeeze even more money out of residents.

If you ask Stacey, he will assure you that “no sir, Parking Services are not incentivised to generate revenue”. Of the 85 new enforcement cameras, 20 will be in Southall, and of the existing 101 enforcement cameras, 20 again are in Southall. Evidently, Ealing council can be highly efficient when it comes to milking a cash cow, while hiding behind high sounding mission statements. When it comes to delivering real and tangible improvements for the people of Southall, words such as “our aim is to become a high performing organisation, focussed on the needs of its communities” with no real action will suffice.

For years residents have been complaining about illegal parking outside the club on The Green in Southall, where people park on pavements, zebra crossings and even local resident’s parking spaces almost every weekend. So what action does Ealing take to address resident’s complaints? Nothing. Yes, nothing, revealing the double standards that Stacey and his cronies practice. If you ask the residents, they will tell you that it is more accurate to say that the aim of Ealing council is “to become a high performing organisation in order to fleece residents to the maximum.”

On the one hand the council is so efficient that it is be able to issue parking tickets by post with lightning speed for the most minor of offences, yet on the other hand it will allow people coming from outside the borough to Southall for entertainment to regularly and openly flout the law. And the council and police will not lift as much as a finger to address the problem. Now that is double standards.

Over 25% of the parking enforcement cameras are in Southall – perhaps this shows how much the council cares for us! Come on you Southall councillors, isn’t it time to stand up for Southall? Sadly, the concept of actively working to improve the quality of life for residents seems alien to many of the Southall councillors. One councillor has been reported as saying that “the only way to educate Southall residents is through the use of parking enforcement.” Sharma, another long standing Southall councillor, is still hanging on on to his position of councillor despite having been elected the MP for Ealing Southall at the recent by-election – he has not even bothered to attend the last four Southall Area Committee meetings (16/5/07, 19/9/07, 27/11/07, 23/1/08).

Click here for a list of existing and planned parking enforcement cameras in Southall.


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12 Responses to Ealing Council’s Double Standards

  1. Susan Kishner says:

    Nice writing style. I will come back to read more posts from you.

    Susan Kishner

  2. Phil Taylor says:

    From your own figures Southall will have 21.5% of cameras. It comprises 5 out of 23 wards in Ealing or 21.7%. What’s the problem?

  3. geezer says:

    Susan, thank you for your kind comments.

    Phil, Ealing, 6 out of 23 wards = 26%, cameras in Ealing = 12%

  4. Western Road Resident says:

    As you mention parking and double standards, I thought I’d share my experience with you that I have to go through on a daily basis.

    Priory Way is a small cul de sac off Western Road where New Bharat Coaches regularly park their coaches on the road, and their customer park on the other side blocking the whole entrance and drives.

    I have repeatedly reported this to the council and our councilors, but nothing much has been done. They did, however come and paint double yellow lines, but I have never seen a parking attendant enforce this, so the coaches and the customers carry on parking blocking the road and peoples drives.

    The yellow lines that they painted are now worn out due to people parking on them and as they are broken yellow lines, they do not even count.

    The road and pavement also is a state, damaged form these big coaches, which have also knocked out a few lamp posts in the time they have been there. The lamp posts have since been repositioned in favor of the coaches.

    Ealing council or the councilors do not care about the law abiding citizens of Southall, sad really.

    We also know have a block flats built opposite, and the residents there throw their rubbish on the road rather than walking around the corner to the bins provided, this has also been reported and yes you guessed it nothing gets done.

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Arif says:

    I live near the Broadway and find it difficult parking in the resident bays.
    Yet the shoppers have no difficulty parking there because the wardens come whenever they feel like it and stay away for ages if they can’t be bothered.

    The parking around the Broadway is atrocious and dangerous and yet people do it all the time. Where are the wardens?

    Probably booking some unfortunately driver who did not park properly, well away from the Broadway, in a street with no parking problems, only parking restrictions. I actually witnessed this a few months back and the wardens attitude was merely that I have started and can’t possibly stop just because you have come to rectify the problem.

    A sensible solution would be along the lines of “Please move on, Thank you” or “Your parking is created a creating a hazard”, instead of wait for a shock in the post, 2 weeks later.

  6. geezer says:

    “Ealing council or the councilors do not care about the law abiding citizens of Southall, sad really.”

    Western Road Resident, it’s high time we let the council, councilors and police know that we the residents of Southall expect value for money for the council tax we pay. Southall residents need to stand up and make their voice heard loud and clear!

    Arif, you make a good point. The council seem bent on parking enforcement with no inclination to address the real issue of parking needs and coming up with sensible solutions. At the recent Southall Green Focus Group meeting we were shocked to hear councilor Dhindsa imply that Southall residents were ‘backward’ and could only be educated to park properly by the use of parking enforcement cameras.

    Parking enforcement seems to have become more about milking the cash cow of parking tickets, rather than a tool to be used sensibly to control illegal parking.

  7. pavnit says:

    Interesting comments on Southall Councillers !! Well I’am sure the comment and the sentiments are shared by over 90% of literate Southall Residents.

    Over the last 30 years we have seen minimum investment from London Borough Of Ealing. Southall has systematically been deprived of infrastructure, investments and services it needs to support the ever increasing numbers of Guest Communities arriving in the area. More and more housing is being built in Southall without any due consideration on traffic congestion, services and basic needs such as docters, schools and community centers, public amenities.

    All this and many more problems can be placed at the doorsteps of our ever busy elected Councillers. I have a feeling that few of them would find it difficult to write a letter or to reply to one without external help. Mr Brown should introduce egislation to ensure that any member of public standing for public office must be literate to GCSE A level Standard.

    Our so called councillers have been busy ( last 15years) recruiting membership to secure their positions and horse trading to secure their positions – most of their energies are channeled in looking over their shoulders to see who will back stab them. Factionalism and infighting amongst the Labour councillers has done great damage to Southall in the last 20 years. Some of our councillers are down right lazy.

    Conservative Central office – watch out who who you have let in. ( as an Tory sympatheiser i had to say this ) You have introduced a a terminal illness of infighting power play and thugisness in your local party at the expense of the local population.

    Soutall, often portrayed as pleasant diverse law abiding community by the London Borough Of Ealing , but yes, senior politicians and LBE officers like our food our money and like to be photographed with us but we are treated with total disrespect when it comes to providing us with some level of services whilst our ever so busy councillers are manipulated and channel their energies into recruiting more members.

  8. Sonny says:

    pavnit, sadly there’s a lot of truth in much of what you say. Most Southall councillors are poodles being manipulated by LBE, and Southall is way down the list of priorities for LBE (except when it comes to penalising residents using traffic cameras or experimental traffic controls such as the traffic lights on Western Road).

    But the residents have to share some of the blame for the decline of Southall – we are too busy with our own individual selfish motives to think about issues outside our doorstep. What we need is more websites and action to raise awareness and instill an ethos of social responsibility in the people of Southall. Councillors should have a primary role in this drive.

  9. Dagny says:

    I’ve seen the cameras for speeding and running red lights, but never for parking districts.

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  10. Arif says:

    If you could easily see the cameras then you would avoid them.
    But that would result in less easy revenue for the Council.

  11. Ina Hartry says:

    My partner and i definitely must think a lot more in that direction and find out what i can do about that.

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