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UK street where residents have daily parking rows as council forced to step in with fines

A north London council has been forced to step in after parking rows erupted across the borough.

Harrow Council is considering increasing its fines by £20 to try and stop people parking across driveways.

They believe the increase will act as a deterrent after residents complained about illegal parking.

Normally when someone has parked illegally they are issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), which varies from council to council and band to band.

At the moment, the borough’s PCNs fall under Band B ranging from £60 to £110, but residents are now being consulted on changes.

MyLondon reported that locals are being asked if they should be moved into Band A which would see the fines rise by £20.

The council has claimed increasing the fine range from £80 – £130 will act as an “effective and increased deterrent”.

They added that it will “reduce the number of incidents of inconsiderate parking”.

During a recent meeting, council leader Paul Osbourn explained just how bad the situation has become.

He said: “My inbox is full of people asking us to do more enforcement. They’re saying that they can’t park on their road because someone has parked illegally, they can’t park on their driveway because someone parked in front of it.

“When they try to walk they find a car blocking the road and if they’re in a wheelchair they can’t get through the pavement.

“There are lots and lots of demands across the borough for greater enforcement. Where people are breaking the law, we think we need to crack down on it.

“We think where people are doing things wrong they need to be taken to task and given a ticket.”

Parking has become an ever-increasing topic of contention in the capital and Harrow isn’t the only council facing problems. According to reports, Bexley Council has revealed it is owed £2.6million in unpaid parking fines.

Of that substantial figure, the council said it has written off £650,000 in the current financial year according to the BBC.

In a statement, the council said it was continuing to pursue the money owed. They said: “In circumstances where it is not possible to recover the debt – such as when the vehicle owner is untraceable – we unfortunately need to write those debts off.”



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