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Councillors deny parking ticket targets and reject ‘silly’ questions from opposition over scandal

PUBLISHED: 15:25 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25 04 February 2016

Redbridge Town Hall

Redbridge Town Hall

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A councillor’s questions on alleged parking ticket targets led to accusations he was pursuing a “silly line of questioning” at a meeting at Redbridge Town Hall in High Road, Ilford.

At the Neighbourhoods Service Committee meeting, Cllr Paul Canal (Con, Bridge) asked whether Cllr Baldesh Kaur Nijjar (Lab, Seven Kings) had seen the BBC documentary Inside Out.

The programme showed the stories of residents who have allegedly fallen victim to unclear parking signs, along with interviews with civil enforcement officers, and secret footage of enforcement bosses allegedly setting targets for fines.

He said: “The documentary made a number of serious allegations, including that wardens had targets set.

“Do you know if there were targets?”

In response, Cllr Baldesh said that no targets are set, and described the documentary as “unfortunate.”

Cllr Canal further asked if she could confirm “that the BBC was lying”, since no targets had been set, as the programme alleged to show.

This question sparked consternation and Cllr Varinder Singh Bola (Lab, Cranbook) accused Cllr Canal of following a “silly line of questioning.”

In response, Cllr Canal said he would “ask what he wanted to ask”, but accepted Cllr Baldesh’s answer.


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