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Abjol Miah: Respect win on ‘car-free zones’ but much more that Labour could do

January 18, 2010

Councillor Francis’s acceptance of Respect’s argument that the “Car Free Zone” policy is deeply flawed at the last council meeting is very welcome. The council is now apparently seeing whether those who already had residents permits can take them with them if they move to “Car Free Zones”.

However this does not go nearly far enough if the injustices caused by this policy are to be properly addressed.

The proposed change in the rules will not help Mrs Naasir and her family who have been told they have to move from the home they have just moved into if they are to keep their car despite the fact they were misled into bidding for their current home.

They will not help Mr Golding who will have to give up his black cab on which he depends for a living.

They will not help Mr Mohamed who is going to have to pay his “registered social landlord” £520 a year for the privilege of parking his car on the estate.

And they will not help the residents of 81 Horseferry Road who have had their residents parking permits summarily withdrawn or many other residents suffering similar injustices.

That is why George Galloway and the Respect group of councillors are demanding that the council goes back to their government and seeks changes in the law which will enable them to rectify these multiple injustices and avoid further injustice in the future.

Of course there is a serious issue about parking capacity in this borough and of the environmental effects of car use. But pursuing an unjust policy is not how to deal with these issues.

Councillor Abjol Miah, Respect’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow

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  1. Toni Davey permalink
    April 11, 2010 11:35 am

    I live in a street of terraced houses, but whereas the rest of the street is old houses, my house is a new build, built on the end of the terrace 5 years ago. I last year purchased a parking permit for my car, but have now received a letter saying that this permit should not have been issued as my house is part of a car free zone and that I will not be able to renew it. Is is fair that the other 50 houses in the street can all purchase permits, many of the houses having at least two cars, but because I have a newer house, I am the only one on the street not able to park? Any advice on how to fit this matter would be welcome.

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