The stupid cashless system of Barnet, ill conceived and badly implemented, is based upon Westminster, a central London borough which is completely different to Barnet. Sorry, Curzon Mayfair but Mr Mustard and his arty film loving friend aren't coming anywhere near you, on a Sunday or of an evening, until they can again park for free. We will vote with our wheels and go elsewhere.
Mr Mustard has already blogged about how one can simply insert your credit or debit card into a machine in Westminster without registering with some faceless corporation. Not so in Barnet.
Barnet Cllr Brian Coleman is quoted as saying "We are going completely cashless. It's a common sense modern approach to parking. It works perfectly well in Westminster."
However, today's blog is about the councillor who is bringing in changes to parking in Westminster. In the Evening Standard of 10 November 2011 Cllr Lee Rowley of Westminster is reported on as follows:
He earns £19,000 a year as a cabinet member but handed back a permit letting him park free in any Westminster residents bay while on official business. He says he had no use for it and preferred to apy for his own parking.
So councillors & MPs of Barnet please do the same if you are to accurately follow the lead of Westminster.
The following hold a permit or two:Cllr Brian Coleman ( as representative of the GLA )
Cllr Andrew Strongolou
Cllr Helena Hart
Cllr Joan Scannell
Cllr Barry Evangeli
Cllr Monroe Palmer
Cllr Sury Khatri - 2 permits !
Cllr Graham Old
Cllr John Hart
Cllr Daniel Seal
Cllr Richard Cornelius
Cllr Stephen Sowerby
Cllr Rowan Turner
Cllr Brian Schama - 1 permit with 2 vehicle registrations !
Cllr Mark Shooter
Cllr Sachin Rajput
Cllr Brian Salinger
Cllr Andrew Harper
Cllr Joanna Tambourides
Cllr Lisa Rutter
Cllr Darrel Yawitch
Cllr Brian Gordon
There are also MPs who hold a permit.
Theresa Villiers MP
Matthew Offord MP
Mike Freer MP holds two permits
So please form an orderly queue ladies and gentlemen and hand your permits back in to Barnet Council so that you can experience for yourself the hideous administrative hoops that the typical resident or visitor to Barnet has to go through in order to manage the simple task of parking their car.
Until you do this you will be out of touch with the man or woman in the street. Come on, don't dilly dally, if it is such a wonderful system, even a councillor or MP will be able to cope. What's keeping you?