Woodford Green parking confusion leaves resident fuming
PUBLISHED: 14:15 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 24 May 2017
Heard the joke about a man that drove legally down a road?
You won’t have because the punchline isn’t very funny - as Dr Geoff Seeff discovered this week.
The Woodford Green resident was fined for driving through the camera controlled barriers at Fairlawn Drive on Good Friday.
When Dr Seeff, of Parkland Road, appealed the parking charge notice (PCN), his representation was rejected.
By the time that he received the letter informing him that his appeal wasn’t successful, signs were put up stating that the restrictions did not apply on bank holidays, Dr Seeff told the Recorder.
He said: “The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. It’s ridiculous.
According to the sign, traffic is not allowed through the gates in Fairlawn Drive and Cavendish Avenue between 7.30am and 10am and also 4pm and 7pm.
This is enforced from Monday to Friday but, as the sign clearly states, the rules are not enforced on bank holidays.
On Tuesday, Dr Seeff received some good news - a letter informing him that his fine was mistakenly given.
He said: “In one way I’m a little bit disappointed, I was looking forward to proving them wrong at the ombudsman!
“I knew I was clearly in the right.”
This isn’t the first time that the traffic gates have been the focus of controversy.
In April 2015, Redbridge Council announced they would be closed permanently, but this never happened, after fierce opposition from residents.
Instead, CCTV was installed, in order to fine drivers who drove through the gates during the forbidden times.
Dr Seeff said that the visibility of the sign was a problem in winter.
He said: “A lot of residents pushed for traffic light signals, it would be much easier.
“In the winter months, you can’t see the sign.”