Islington Town Hall keeps schtum over parking tickets probe
Investigation is believed to relate to whether the right guidelines were followed on notices issued to drivers
09 August, 2019 — By Calum Fraser
Terry Stacey: ‘If any motorist has been illegally charged or fined regarding a traffic offence where the council has not followed the legal requirements of its own policy and procedures, the council should actively seek to refund’
THE Town Hall continued its lockdown on details regarding an internal investigation going on inside its parking department yesterday (Thursday) as sources told the Tribune that the cases relate to a mass of invalid fines.
Islington is steadfastly refusing to comment on allegations now understood to relate to whether the right guidelines were followed in relation to parking tickets potentially issued to hundreds of drivers.
A source told the Tribune that some of the allegations are related to the council issuing statutory notices after a permitted legal deadline and sending multiple documents out.
Asked how many tickets may have been wrongly pursued, the insider said hundreds, with residents possibly out of pocket by thousands.
Yesterday, we put these details to the council, but it said it could not comment further. The only information officially made public is that whistle-blowing reports have sparked an internal probe.
But meetings at the Town Hall in recent months have been restricted access, with the public and press excluded when details of the investigation are discussed.
Back in 2013, the council issued up to £1million in parking tickets later deemed illegal in Drayton Park Road.
There was further outrage at the time, when the council decided not to proactively contact those who had been stung by the fines.
Terry Stacey, who led the council when the Liberal Democrats ran Islington, said this week: “Sadly the Labour council’s track record on parking is not glowing, you only have to look at the Drayton Park pinch-point fiasco.
“If any motorist has been illegally charged or fined regarding a traffic offence where the council has not followed the legal requirements of its own policy and procedures, the council should actively seek to refund.”
He added: “That is the underlying principle here and sadly the council didn’t do it with the Drayton Park refund. It’s not that hard to pay someone back when you have their payment details available.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We take whistleblowing complaints extremely seriously and always investigate.”