Car parking on Blackheath has been particular commonplace in recent days with photos showing numerous cars parked on greenery.
However on this occasion action has been taken by Greenwich Council with a number of staff on site seen issuing tickets:
Today out on my bike, Greenwich Park was gridlocked again. Cars parked on the Blackheath grass were all ticketed. pic.twitter.com/krVXrZdlJT
— KonradCy (@konradc12) April 25, 2021
A nice pay day for the council – and these drivers don’t really have anyone else to blame. It’s a public green space not a car park. There’s plenty of good public transport links to the area. It’s selfish behaviour.
I’ve heard that the funfair have put up a sign stating Mayor Sadiq Khan has not allowed parking on the heath. However since 1974 parking has been illegal off the public highway in London under the Greater London (General Purposes) Act 1974. It’s not permitted on pavements or grassed areas unless signs and road markings clearly state it’s allowed. If it was allowed the whole area could become a giant car park in no time.
After years of many drivers blocking pavements and parking on greenery not just in Blackheath but borough-wide, action will be welcomed by many. In the past Greenwich Council didn’t seem to know there was a specific law about parking in London.
If people want to visit an attraction, park where spaces are provided or better yet use other methods where possible.