As you can see the figures for the current financial year are up 50% on 2 years ago and nearly double the figure for last year.
Every ticket is a worry for a resident or visitor.
is this "Better service for less money?" No.
Is it "Putting the Community First?" No, again.
Is this a sign of "A successful London Suburb?" No, once more.
Is it the result of a miserable money-grubbing policy to try and keep the pressure off the general budget? Yes, I do believe it is.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here it is. The chart shows the total number of parking penalty charge notices issued for the first 40 weeks of the 3 consecutive years shown above.
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It is very clear that a conscious decision has been taken to penalise the motorist as often as possible and that has been made easier by the withdrawal of parking meters and the difficulty of paying by other methods. It can't be the case that motorists in Barnet suddenly decided en masse to breach parking regulations.
There has to be some control of parking but we are in the grip of a vast and over-zealous money making machine that has no thought for people and the quality of their lives.