Ealing Council Forced to Pay Costs

Money Box Junction reports that 17 PCNs against box junctions in South Road have been cancelled by Ealing Council.  Additionally, the Adjudicator awarded costs of £750 against the Council on the grounds that it was “wholly unreasonable” for them to pursue the appeals after they had been repeatedly warned by PATAS that PCNs for South Road/St Joseph’s Drive, South Road/Cambridge Road and High Street/Avenue Road were unenforceable.

Phil Taylor, Conservative Ealing Councillor has the following apology on his website:

phil-taylorOn behalf of the Council I would like to say sorry and offer our unreserved apologies. We will be refunding everyone ticketed at the affected yellow box junctions since 20 June.

The decision was made after an email sent by the Department for Transport on 20 June, was brought to my attention today.

At the beginning of November we immediately suspended the junctions following advice from the Department for Transport. I believed that this was the first time the Council had been given this advice or the decision to stop enforcing them would have taken in June.

I am furious that this email was never brought to my attention and I have ordered an immediate investigation on how this could have happened.

The Council is putting in place arrangements to refund the money.

The six box junctions affected are double width yellow boxes at T-Junctions:

  • South Road junction St Joseph’s Drive, Southall
  • South Road junction Cambridge Road,Southall
  • South Road junction Hamilton Road,Southall
  • High Street junction Avenue Road, Southall
  • Uxbridge Road junction Lower Boston Road, Hanwell
  • The Broadway junction The Mall, Ealing

The local papers have taken up the story here and here.

Ealing Gazette reports that the Council estimates it will have to refund £660,000 to drivers charged between late June and late October, when the council formally announced it was scrapping the junctions.

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One Response to Ealing Council Forced to Pay Costs

  1. Comments appearing in the Southall Gazette:

    Thu 27 Nov 08, Capablanca, Hanwell Heights says…
    I agree…the Ealing Bdwy ticketing bonanza was breathtaking in its greed. How on Earth hiding behind cameras and doling out fines is considered good public service is beyond me – the drop off/pick-up situation at all stations in Ealing is a joke. The council’s solution…more cameras and fines. How about some clearly identifiable/safe zones?

    It wasn’t that long ago you could park in the council car park for free on a Sunday (and single yellow lines). We’re now expected to be grateful at being allowed to do so on a bank-holiday. No wonder I avoid the place like the plague and shop/socialize elsewhere.

    Thu 27 Nov 08, jsh99, South Ealing says…
    I think it is time Councillor Taylor stood down. I haven’t forgotten his self-righteous mouthing off about the thousands of parking tickets Ealing Council issued when Ealing Station was barricaded off and people were dropping passengers by the entrance. When I contacted First Great Western about it, they re-opened access to cars. Why couldn’t Ealing Council have tried to get the Station re-opened instead of coining it with all the parking tickets?

    The way in which Councillor Taylor mixes discussions about Council business with blatant political propaganda for the Tory party borders, in my view, on an abuse of his public office.I think it is time Councillor Taylor stood down. I haven’t forgotten his self-righteous mouthing off about the thousands of parking tickets Ealing Council issued when Ealing Station was barricaded off and people were dropping passengers by the entrance. When I contacted First Great Western about it, they re-opened access to cars. Why couldn’t Ealing Council have tried to get the Station re-opened instead of coining it with all the parking tickets? The way in which Councillor Taylor mixes discussions about Council business with blatant political propaganda for the Tory party borders, in my view, on an abuse of his public office.

    Thu 27 Nov 08, hafiz, london says…
    I have had a PCN back in November 2007, appealed against it but Ealing council very fast turn it down and asked for the money which I paid, Now I have send the two emails asking for refund about a month ago but ealing council did not reply to them. I will seek advice and i will try to get my money back. i think ealing council is the worst council in the whole of uk, There is not parking spaces in ealing or southall, a very limited car parks available and they are very expensive. I compare it with Hounslow, many big car parks in the whole of borough epicialy in hounslow and they are free every sunday, even many free parking spaces just a couple of minutes from hounslow high street. I hate driving in ealing even know I regret moving to ealing borough. but anyway i want my money from Illegal PCN in South road southall.

    Thu 27 Nov 08, Capablanca, Hanwell Heights says…
    I’m glad Taylor has finally been forced to apologize over this whole sorry mess. Clearly the council should refund any money ever taken at these junctions, but of course they won’t as morals go out of the window when large amounts of money are involved.

    Let’s not forget that Labour introduced these junctions, so Councillor Bassam Mahfouz’s behaviour is a bit rich.

    Councillor Taylor, if you read this, please re-paint Mansell Road with the correct t-junction markings as it is insulting that you let these thing lie when they are illegal…or do you have to wait for the DfT to tell you that?

    Wed 26 Nov 08, jamie.smith22, Southall says…
    Clearly overzealous enforcement and incompetance from the Tories. What is the difference between this administration and the last?

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