After many years of parking budget deficits and few civil enforcement officers Greenwich Council recently hired 10 agency staff after 130 London bus drivers complained of unsafe road conditions due to parking problems.
Since then the authority has stated that it’s issuing more tickets than ever before – but increasingly people are emailing about the locations of staff seen.
Of course this is purely speculative at this stage and any feedback would be welcome (leave a comment below or email email@example.com with pics) but are areas of dangerous parking still being put behind cars in parking zones or car parks overstaying by a few minutes?
Today I was emailed by a Greenwich resident showing a number of wardens ticketing cars near the half marathon. The resident claimed people were unable to access cars due to the half marathon (the particular road itself wasn’t on the marathon route but nearby) and while that the event was underway a number of wardens arrived – a very rare site in Greenwich borough.
Meanwhile, with traffic extremely heavy due to the marathon and Dartford crossing closure, an area on Woolwich Road a mile or two away that sees numerous cars blocking cycle lanes on a dual carriageway is again full of parked cars.
Despite numerous reports about this area the same thing continues on a daily basis unchecked. On Twitter a couple of weeks ago a cyclist uploaded a video of 30 cars parked. Councillors and Greenwich Council were tagged in. Little has happened.
Targeting easy areas has long been apparent. Even before 10 staff were hired a trip to Greenwich town centre would usually see wardens at car parks (but not often on roads where parking hampered buses and traffic and where poorly parked cars were putting pedestrians in harms way) whilst other areas of the borough had almost no presence.
Greenwich have claimed they are now “robust” at Plumstead station, for example, which turned out to mean less than one ticket on average per day. Five a week since December.
They may have more wardens but are they still ignoring certain areas? Feedback below welcome.
EDIT: Two minutes after posting this someone tweeted showing numerous cars badly parked on Eltham High Street. Another area of chronic poor parking which has also damaged areas of £6.5 million street upgrade scheme only finished last year.