A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Wed 14 March 6:30 to 8:00pm
Myddleton Road: Community Room, 128 Myddleton Road
Anyone: Attendance is open to the public
Link: More about the monthly surgeries on Myddleton Road
Come and find out what can be done to prevent the clamping plague affecting the private road in front of Wilkinson Byrne estate agents near Bounds Green tube. Please join me at Councillor Matt Cooke's surgery. Councillor Cooke has many years of experience tackling the issue. I look forward to having him help us assess the options available.
Nikkan Woodhouse of Winchester took action against the clampers in her area.
Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the surgery meeting tonight but as already stated in our reply to "Wheel Clampers at Bounds Green Tube," Wilkinson Byrne will support any reasonable proposal to improve the situation in relation to the clampers at Bounds Green
A quick and positive response from Cllr Cooke after the meeting,
via his Twitter account: "good meeting and lots of ideas to stop this"
Thanks again to Matt for giving us the time to talk through this problem. A big thanks also to the other two residents who attended. The landlord has the letter of the law on his side; our strength lies in numbers.
The benefit of having Matt involved is that he can use his experience of dealing with this problem to help weed out the impractical options and focus on the approaches that are most likely to succeed. Here's the email I wrote to Matt after the meeting:
Thanks for all your suggestions and advice. It makes a big difference being able to talk through the options. Firstly, here are the contact details I have for the Landlord:
It's worth noting that there is also a parking area to the rear of Clockwork Pharmacy/Bookies. It also has poor signage and is also managed by Sango Security. I'll find out who owns that land.[pending]
Here's what I'm going to do:
- Get in touch with the Bowes Park Community Association [Completed]
- Brainstorm a list of demands to make of the Landlord [Completed]
- Begin drafting letters to a) MP b) Secretary of State c) Landlord [Pending]
Thanks for suggesting to:
- Explore the possibility of putting up signage on public land warning "Private Property - Clamping Risk"
- Arranging visit by council officers to assess potential for installing signage
- Help draft letters to parties concerned
Thank for your support and I look forward to working with you.
I posted this on another thread also, but also relevant to this one:
I am really happy to see a forum in which others within our community can finally voice their feelings regarding such issues such as the clamping practices in Lantham Court Parade next to Bounds Green Tube. Please see the response I got below when reporting this to Haringey council back in 2008! My first point of call to stop this was Councilor Matt Cooke who never got back to me (despite the fact that I had seen him in a photo shoot against it before I contacted him). I am interested to hear that he is taking notice again now, probably due to it being a big issue among the local electorate.
After having no luck with the Councilor or the council I went on to meet Lynne Featherstone MP, who has been exceptional at following things up, although the up-shoot is that it seems all are powerless until the new law outlawing the clamping element comes into force hopefully later this year.
It still saddens me to pass there and see the very heavy set guys lying in wait for someone to clamp as soon as they leave their vehicle even if it is just for a second.
Everyday this continues is a scar on the area! The sad fact is that this is just too lucrative for the land owner and those implementing it to stop as there is no sign of them having any moral compass!
Please keep pushing the below and we may get somewhere-
Action the owners should be forced to take:
-They should be forced to put double yellow, better still double red lines
-Warning signs should be lower down and way bigger
Action the council should take:
-Put up warning signage, this could be done either side of the pavement and even on the pavement that cars have to cross to get to this private pull in/parade of shops. Remember the pavement is the councils so they can and should use this space to put warning the landlord is not!
Original letter to Haringay and respose:
I write to you with regards to the below practices being pursued in our area . I have tried a few avenues of complaint already but officialdom doesn't appear interested in pulling its finger out.
It is not just another story of underhand clamping as it seems it may go a bit deeper! It relates to a parking bay in a small parade of shops next to Bounds Green Tube Station (on Brownlow Road). There are symmetrical bays on either side of the road yet on one side of the road it is council operated pay and display yet the other side has fallen into private hands, no markings exist on the In the meantime many people are paying out hundreds of pounds a day each to what can only be described as a honey trap. Although I have not been caught personally I have had enough of seeing people in tears as they are clamped whilst parking for a minute in a bay which has now markings on the road and warning signs designed to be easily missed on nearby walls.
I look forward to hearing back from you, and hope that you will be acting soon to halt this practise which is resulting in these unscrupulous individuals netting thousands of pounds per day.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Shah Noshaba <Noshaba.Shah@haringey.gov.uk>
Subject: FW: Clamping in the slip road next to Bounds Green Station LBH/56169.
Dear Mr Hewes,
Thank you for your e-mail sent to my colleague Mrs Ibro on 6 November 2008.
I have reviewed this case and can confirm that although this road is within London Borough of Haringey it is a private road. The Council cannot enforce the land owners to do as you request. We have forwarded your concerns to the SIA.
I am sorry that the Council are unable to help any further in this matter.
If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact me on telephone number 020 8489 5278 or e-mail me at email@example.com
Enforcement Support Officer
An informal meeting has been called by residents to discuss the options available for stopping the clamping around Bounds Green Station.
The meeting will be held at 8pm in The Step on Myddleton Roadon Wednesday March 21st