Woodford Green residents declare victory after campaign against fines for parking on kerb

A borough resident has thanked the Recorder after claiming victory following a hard fought battle over parking rules dubbed unclear and illogical leading to a spate of hefty fines on his narrow street.

Parking enforcement has been suspended in Wansford Road, Woodford Green following complaints, pending a review as to whether the road can be exempt from the borough wide ban on full pavement parking.

Cries for changes to parking rules came after residents were being fined up to �110 for having two wheels on the kerb, despite the road becoming easily blocked should cars park entirely in the road.

Drivers will, for the time being, be allowed to park with two or four wheels on the wide pavement as council officials investigate how much space is needed for pedestrians to commute safely.

Resident Clive Curnock, 64, had previously threatened to legally block the road in protest against unclear parking rules, but has since described the council’s response to his complaints as “a great feeling”.

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He added: “I think the outcome is brilliant and as long as nobody starts parking stupidly, we shouldn’t have any more problems.

“It just goes to show that the power of the press still exists!”

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Cllr Gwyneth Deakins had previously described the situation as “embarrassing” after raising the issue as far back as December on behalf of Clive and his fellow Wansford Road residents.

She said: “I’ve been told that there will be a review of parking on the road and the surrounding areas.

“We have got the residents a concession and hope they behave responsibly and exercise common sense.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome so far, we are certainly on the right road.”

It is not yet clear whether those who picked up parking fines as a result of the old parking rules will have them rescinded, though Cllr Deakins remains “hopeful”.

Earlier this month a council spokesman said: “The Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1974 dictates that footway parking in London is not permitted unless the council has implemented an exemption, which it has not in Wansford Road.

“We do however endeavour to manage footway parking and the enforcement surrounding it in a reasonable and measured manner.”

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