We finally have an answer after many ignored questions to Greenwich borough politicians on the use of CCTV use on issues on the roads. It turns out Greenwich Council has not adopted the use of CCTV against traffic violations such as parents parking badly outside schools despite talk of doing so for years.
A couple of years ago it was said the use of CCTV was being looked into. Most London authorities use it and have for a long time. Approval is needed from outside body London Councils but it’s normally a very easy thing to gain.
A council document shows that “work is currently underway to apply to London Councils to adopt powers to enforce Moving Traffic Contraventions (MTCs), currently the responsibility of the police, using CCTV in line with most other London boroughs”.
Quite why it has taken so long is a mystery. Cameras can also be used to capture those blocking crossings, bus stops and bus lanes as well as jumping red lights.
In related news, the council’s income from parking will be £1 million short again this financial year. The total is over £10 million since 2012/13.
Income from fines is used to fund concessionary fares such as free bus travel for over 60s. The shortfall has meant money has been taken from other budgets to plug the gap.
Other authorities also use some income to improve streets and encourage walking and promote healthier lifestyles.
I’ll cover more issues in this document as like so many it paints a somewhat slanted picture on big issues. One such example is comparing Greenwich to outer London boroughs rather than inner London when it comes to issues such as car growth. On some external measures Greenwich Council are catagorised as an inner London borough and others as outer London.
A comparison to inner London could well be more realistic when it comes to transport issues on internal documents. It would certainly mean targets are more stringent.
Another favourite when it comes to parking problems is lines such as “it is not possible to maintain a permanent presence” such as beside Plumstead station. No one is asking for that. Of course that is impossible, but a frequent presence would be an improvement.
There’s a spectrum between very infrequent and constant and the line is currently far closer to the former than the latter. They mention increased patrols recently but as seen today (again) with about 10 cars blocking a bus lane it’s far from enough. Last month an average of 2.5 tickets a week “robust”.
Hopefully councillors on scrutiny panels challenge these reports robustly in the true sense of the word.
I often receive messages from people complaining of parking around schools. If you have pictures of problems (or in other places) email them to firstname.lastname@example.org