People Power Prevails:
Council Backs Down Over Parking Changes
1 October 2015
“This is phenomenal news,” said Hak Huseyin, Chair of Islington Chamber of Commerce. “We have to thank the Council for listening to us and acting on the feedback from the consultation as well as the petitions.”
Following a meeting we have had this afternoon at Islington Town Hall, we are delighted to announce that there are strong indications the report in this today’s Islington Gazette is accurate, and the Council will be scrapping nearly all of their proposed changes to parking in the borough, would have seen charged parking extended to seven days a week, and up to 9pm, 11pm and even 24 hours a day in some areas of the borough.
“Power to the people after Islington Labour Group’s CPZ rethink” – Islington Gazette, 1 October 2015
Hak Huseyin, Chair of Islington Chamber, and Gill Shepherd, from Highbury Community Association, met with Leader of the Council Richard Watts and Executive Member for Environment & Transport Claudia Webbe earlier this afternoon to discuss the controversial proposals to change the Controlled Parking Zones in the borough
At the meeting, the councillors strongly suggested the proposals would be scrapped in all but the Whittington Hospital area (Zone K) and Finsbury Square and Farringdon Station area (Zone C) – the only areas of the borough where public consultations had shown support for the largely condemned proposals – leaving all other areas of the borough unaffected, and with the formal decision expected to be made in January if not earlier.
Hak Huseyin said, “This is phenomenal news. We have to thank the Council for listening to us and acting on the feedback from the consultation as well as the petitions.”
“This is a win for everyone in Islington” Huseyin said, adding, “People up and down the borough will be delighted that their Council has listened to the views of the people and made the right decision.”
The announcement follows months of campaigning, led by Islington Chamber, against the proposals in the Archway, Stadium control and Angel areas, where businesses, community groups and residents alike felt the proposals were unnecessary, disproportionate to the need, and which many suspected were simply a revenue generating exercise.
“To [the council’s] credit, they listened and put it to bed when they realised it was such a bad idea.”
The news will be welcomed by all those who joined with Islington Chamber to campaign against the proposals, including business groups, residents groups and individual residents, and community and religious organisations, who were dismayed at both the proposals and the way in which the public were consulted over them, fearing that the Council was unwilling to listen to the concerns of the community.
At the end of the consultation period last month, Islington Chamber and other groups involved in the campaign delivered a whopping 10,000+ collective signatures to the Town Hall in petitions against the proposals – understood to be the greatest number the Council has ever received. The Chamber wants to congratulate and thank all those involved in the campaign, including the following, plus a number of individual residents:
- angel.london (Angel AIM)
- Archway Town Centre Management Group
- Chapel Market Traders Association
- The Canonbury Society
- Finsbury Park traders
- Freegrove and Cardozo Area Residents Association (FACARA)
- Highbury Barn traders
- Highbury Community Association
- Islington Liberal Democrats
- Nags Head Town Centre Management Group
- Penn Road Residents Association
- The Polish Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa