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Topic: Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines
Posted by: Adam Gray
Date/Time: 20/08/05 21:04:00

Hmm. Well normally, avoiding consulting residents because they'll object would not be a legitimate reason for the council to avoid their responsibilities (by which I mean legally as well as morally).

The issue is: are the divisions of zone A independent zones in their own right (I suggest they are not, otherwise they would have entirely different nomenclature) - if they are, then it would be legitimate to avoid consulting residents of A3. 

If they are not, then again, my advice if people are sufficiently unhappy about this is to consult a lawyer, because the council would have acted ultra vires if they did not consult formally the entire zone.

The council will surely have complied with its statutory obligation to publish the draft traffic order amending the zone in the local newspaper and in the area (which constitutes a formal consultation) - but there remain legitimate arguments as to whether this is sufficient consultation with residents, especially if either a) residents of a segment of the zone were excluded from the informal consultation (ie a leaflet/letter or some other form of explanation of the proposed changes with a response device for feedback) or b) residents as a whole received no consultation. 

While the council almost certainly does not have a legal obligation to carry out an informal consultation under strict interpretation of the law, because it is common (and good) practice so to do, you would have a reasonable case in my view.

However, even if you do not wish to pursue matters as far as to the courts you have legitimate grounds for demanding that the council cancel all penalty charge notices issued to residents since the changes were implemented. 

But you need to make your voices heard: so write to Thamesfield ward councillor and Council Leader Edward Lister at the Town Hall demanding an explanation for this tardiness, and asking what he intends doing to rectify the situation.

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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Parking zones and parking fines15/08/05 12:36:00 K Taylor
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 10:49:00 Enasha de Zoysa
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 11:08:00 K Taylor
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 14:17:00 Adam Gray
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 16:33:00 K Taylor
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 17:39:00 Alice Bright
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 18:24:00 K Taylor
         Re:Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines16/08/05 18:59:00 Alice Bright
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines19/08/05 11:33:00 Nicola Close-Smith
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines19/08/05 15:26:00 Mark King
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines19/08/05 16:54:00 Caroline Hutchings
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines20/08/05 20:32:00 Jonathan Callaway
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines20/08/05 21:04:00 Adam Gray
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines26/08/05 10:26:00 Adam Bailey
         Re:Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines02/09/05 16:23:00 Andrew John Probert
   Parking zones20/08/05 23:45:00 Rosemary Torrington
      Re:Parking zones21/08/05 20:28:00 K Taylor
         Re:Re:Parking zones31/08/05 19:05:00 K Taylor
            Re:Re:Re:Parking zones05/09/05 19:16:00 Enasha de Zoysa
   Re:Parking zones and parking fines07/09/05 10:23:00 Victoria Jones
      Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines09/09/05 17:53:00 Adam Bailey
         Re:Re:Re:Parking zones and parking fines09/09/05 22:43:00 K Taylor

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