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Bonkers Blog November 2011

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20 November - Something to smile about

Leader of Richmond Council Leader of Bexley CouncilBexley council doesn’t have any certification for its mobile CCTV vehicles. Actually that is wrong, the cars are certified, it’s the cameras and recording gear that isn’t. They don’t even deny it but claim another document is just as good. “PATAS adjudicators are wrong and need to be educated” says Bexley council’s Traffic and Parking Manager Tina Brooks. In due course we will find out if that is true. Meanwhile, over in Richmond where PATAS ruled against their uncertificated cameras, their Council Leader, Lord True, has announced the intention to permanently withdraw their CCTV cars and relaxation of parking restrictions across the board recognising that a rigid regime of persecuting the motorist is wrecking the local economy.

“Councils should not be in the business of trap now, talk later” he said and we need a “fair parking agenda to bring life back to our high streets.” Councillor Peter Craske please note.

Maybe the names of the council leaders are apposite? True to his electorate on the one hand and a dismissive “Oh, kneel” from the other. Can you imagine the scene when Boris Johnson’s special advisor to the Outer London Boroughs attempts to lecture an intelligent democrat on how to run a dictatorship council?

Read a report in the Richmond and Twickenham Times.


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