Greenwich Council have revealed their latest Parking Department income figures which show another large hole in income.
It’s almost as if sticking up random bollards without effective enforcement isn’t a very good strategy.
Big misses in expected income is an ongoing issue dating back at least five years and now means over £10 million expected has not been received.
In 2017/18 the authority budgeted to receive £7,315,990 yet managed £6,121,994.
That leaves a £1.2 million gap. Income received is ring fenced for street improvements and public realm meaning at least £10 million since 2012/13 that hasn’t been spent on fixing potholes, improving pedestrians routes, cycling facilities and run down shopping parades.
As reported on this site before, despite a continual shortfall Greenwich Council have failed to employ sufficient staff to police a widespread problem alongside rising population numbers and many new developments:
Just today Twitter has seen photos of numerous cars parking on paving in Charlton beside roads with double yellow lines:
@Royal_Greenwich and Charlton Ward Cllrs. From Maryon Wilson Park to the village the pavement is completely blocked by parked cars. The road has double yellow lines. Shindig in Charlton Park. Cars cruising. Dangerous situation. stewarding?parking wardens? pic.twitter.com/O7xAP40S8G
— JNeL (@nkokonjeru) July 14, 2018
Little seems to change, and why would it when failure seems to have no consequences? Unless disabled, or a parent, or a pedestrian.
A standard Greenwich Council response is “we can’t be everywhere at all times”.
No one expects that. To be in some places some of the time though would be a start. Not least those areas where the same happens day in, day out.
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