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The very idea of a CPZ is irksome. There is some sense of entitlement that one should be able to park outside one's own home free of charge. After all , who pays the taxes for the upkeep? But controlled parking did arise for a variety of reasons - for example, to discourage the commuter who would drive in from the outer suburbs and leave her car all day, parked outside someone else's house, for the convenience of getting to a tube or overground station. And of course, once the restriction applies to a neighbouring area, the nuisance is shifted nearby, so the need for a CPZ spreads. And so on.
We don't have the railway station problem(!) in Crouch End. But we do have CPZ which has crept in from neighbouring areas. It is a fairly light touch CPZ, just two hours a day. Just enough to prevent permit free parking in one place all day. But this arrangement has never been reviewed. An arrangement I am fairly happy with, having got over being irked.
Earlier this year Haringey's cabinet approved a Sustainable Travel Plan included in which was a two line entry authorising the expenditure of £50,000 on a review of Crouch End's CPZ. The two lines read:
which is rather lovely. But why spend £50k on a review of which we already know the outcome? And what say do the people of Crouch End have in all this?
Thinking to test the water I put a Survey on Facebook. The results are very clear. By 269 votes to 32 (plus a few outliers and 'Don't Cares') the respondents do not want changes made to the CPZ.
My thanks to the well over 300 respondents on Facebook and over 100 very useful comments.
I've written to Peter Boddy , who is Interim Sustainable Transport Manager Haringey Council, and I think responsible for this "review".