Mystery of parking meter on Sutton street where you can't park

Charles Cornwell by the parking meter

Charles Cornwell by the parking meter

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Motorists have complained after being hit with fines for using a “misleading” parking meter on a street where there is no pay-and-display parking.

A pay-and-display machine in Clyde Road has caused several unsuspecting people to receive fines of up to £110 as they presume it is for the parking bays next to it.

But these are for permit holders only, meaning people are then being given a ticket.

The nearest parking space that can be used by motorists using the machines is about 160m away – or a three-minute walk – on a completely different street.

Ex-fireman Charles Cornwell, 61, who has lived in Clyde Road for 35 years, said: “It’s the unfairness of it. It’s just a way of making revenue for the council, I think.

"It’s entrapment a lot of the time, putting a pay-and-display machine in a street where there is no pay-and-display parking.”

Mr Cornwell, who campaigned for the nurses that visited his wife in her final months to get free parking, says the Clyde Road ticket machine is redundant.

Sutton Guardian:

Ray Donovan at the parking meter with his employee's ticket

He claimed the machine is just a money spinner as there has not been pay-and-display parking on the street for at least eight years.

He said: “If I’m outside cleaning the van and I see someone at the machine I always shout. I actually tell people they can’t park here. That happens three or four times a month.”

Ray Donovan, from Clyde Road, who founded the Chris Donovan Trust after his son was murdered, was forced to step in when an employee was handed a fine for parking outside his house.

He said: “It’s disgusting to be honest. It’s not fair that she is doing charity work and now she has to pay for it. We [charity workers] have all put in £11 each to pay it.”

The only available pay-and-display parking bay is at the far end of Collingwood Road, off Clyde Road, with its own ticket machine.

The Department of Transport has advised local councils to remove unnecessary street furniture that could confuse or hinder motorists and pedestrians.

Sutton Council has acknowledged the confusion and has said it is taking the machine out of use.

A spokesman for the council said: “This machine has been taken out of use as the bays in this road are resident permit holders only. Anyone who feels they have been wrongly issued a penalty notice can appeal. Details of how to do this are given with the penalty.”


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1:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Simon Densley says...

Yet again the Lib Dems who run Sutton Council show a) Their contempt for anyone who uses a car. b) Their attitude to honesty and transparency or c) Their complete incompetence.

The Lib Dems may have started out on the right foot but that was decades ago. Now all we seem to have is complacency, waste, mismanagement and contempt for local people and their views.

It's a good thing the Conservatives have a solid team waiting to take over in May and put some common sense back into Sutton.
Yet again the Lib Dems who run Sutton Council show a) Their contempt for anyone who uses a car. b) Their attitude to honesty and transparency or c) Their complete incompetence. The Lib Dems may have started out on the right foot but that was decades ago. Now all we seem to have is complacency, waste, mismanagement and contempt for local people and their views. It's a good thing the Conservatives have a solid team waiting to take over in May and put some common sense back into Sutton. Simon Densley
  • Score: 17

3:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

LBSresident says...

Simon, I couldn't agree more. Yet again the issue of bonkers parking policies raises its head. As a floating voter I am becoming more and more angered by the day at our complacent and out of touch councillors who don't want to do anything about issues which matter to the majority of residents in this borough.

My neighbours and many other people I speak to are recognising that this Lb Dem controlled council are not acting in the interests of ordinary people but instead are pushing their own unwanted warped sense of utopia on us all to fatten up their already weighty egos.
Simon, I couldn't agree more. Yet again the issue of bonkers parking policies raises its head. As a floating voter I am becoming more and more angered by the day at our complacent and out of touch councillors who don't want to do anything about issues which matter to the majority of residents in this borough. My neighbours and many other people I speak to are recognising that this Lb Dem controlled council are not acting in the interests of ordinary people but instead are pushing their own unwanted warped sense of utopia on us all to fatten up their already weighty egos. LBSresident
  • Score: 18

5:03pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Simon Densley says...

I note the Lib Dem trolls appear to have been simultaneously summoned again to vote down any comments that dare to criticise their running of the borough. A sudden drop from 8 thumbs ups to 0 in the space of 10 minutes, hours after the comment was made is a bit of a giveaway...
I note the Lib Dem trolls appear to have been simultaneously summoned again to vote down any comments that dare to criticise their running of the borough. A sudden drop from 8 thumbs ups to 0 in the space of 10 minutes, hours after the comment was made is a bit of a giveaway... Simon Densley
  • Score: 18

5:29pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Looney limp dumbs.

This has to be tantamount to theft, surely? Perhaps they can all get jobs at travelling fairs when given the order of the boot, and "rob" people at snide attractions.
Looney limp dumbs. This has to be tantamount to theft, surely? Perhaps they can all get jobs at travelling fairs when given the order of the boot, and "rob" people at snide attractions. Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 10

1:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

FozzyP says...

Simon Densley wrote:
Yet again the Lib Dems who run Sutton Council show a) Their contempt for anyone who uses a car. b) Their attitude to honesty and transparency or c) Their complete incompetence.

The Lib Dems may have started out on the right foot but that was decades ago. Now all we seem to have is complacency, waste, mismanagement and contempt for local people and their views.

It's a good thing the Conservatives have a solid team waiting to take over in May and put some common sense back into Sutton.
Is that why parking is the cheapest and least restricted in London?
[quote][p][bold]Simon Densley[/bold] wrote: Yet again the Lib Dems who run Sutton Council show a) Their contempt for anyone who uses a car. b) Their attitude to honesty and transparency or c) Their complete incompetence. The Lib Dems may have started out on the right foot but that was decades ago. Now all we seem to have is complacency, waste, mismanagement and contempt for local people and their views. It's a good thing the Conservatives have a solid team waiting to take over in May and put some common sense back into Sutton.[/p][/quote]Is that why parking is the cheapest and least restricted in London? FozzyP
  • Score: -3

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