No more hiding up side streets - possibly
It’s been a long time coming but Eric Pickles’ plan to put an end to unfair parking fines will finally become law tomorrow. No longer will Bexley council be able to hide its gestapo wagons up side streets looking for motorists who stop for 35 seconds to pick up a passenger (as reported by a reader yesterday) and they will be confined to patrolling bus stops and school zig-zags.
Bexley council has calculated that it will lose around £200,000 as a result of their more dubious activities being constrained by law. This is the sum which the Department of Communities and Local Government considers has been unfairly taken from your pocket each year by Bexley council.
Not unexpectedly, Bexley council is planning to fight back. It expects to be able to use CCTV cameras to monitor minor traffic offences such as U turns and already it has begun imposing additional restrictions on such things. A dishonest council has to get its money somehow.
The legislation includes provision of a ten minute grace period for those who stay slightly longer than they should.
At yesterday’s film show one BiB reader explained his way of reaching Bonkers more clearly than most and as a result the two Instant Access buttons have been added to the Home and Index pages. Index is where one ends up when using the original www.bexley-is-bonkers.co.uk address. It is no longer my preferred route but old habits have a habit of lingering.
It may be possible to add one or both buttons to all the non-blog pages but there are some practical difficulties in the way.
As well as the request for easier blog access there was a suggestion there was too much Crossrail coverage so tomorrow won’t be popular; Crossrail is holding a by invitation liaison meeting this evening.