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DUMP DISTRESS: Councillors challenged over suspected car dumping in Pinner due to ULEZ restrictions

 Published on: 6th December 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

An increase in dumped cars in a Pinner car park is being blamed on Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) restrictions.

Residents have raised their concerns over the number of cars that have been “dumped and abandoned” in Headstone Manor Car Park. The cars, which are waiting to be scrapped, have been left there as the scrappage company doesn’t have enough room on site.

Councillor Simon Brown raised the issue in a cabinet meeting on Thursday, November 16.

He said: “This car park has been used for the parking of vehicles which are not in any way connected to the park. It would appear that they are awaiting scrapping and take up the majority of spaces.”

Cllr Brown went on to explain that this has resulted in residents not being able to enjoy the museum and sports facilities of Headstone Manor, as they are unable to find parking spaces.

Councillor Jean Lammiman, the portfolio holder for community and culture, said it’s a problem the council was made aware of “some time ago” and has issued the scrappage company with a community protection notice.

She said: “While of course, we do not condone the abandonment of these cars, they have been dumped as a result of ULEZ due to people struggling to pay the mayor’s tax each time they want to use their car.

“It’s sad that visitors to the park and museum are suffering the consequences of the mayor’s money-making scheme.”

Cllr Brown responded that it was “a bit silly” to blame ULEZ for this situation.

Cllr Brown asked cllr Lammiman if she would ask officers to bring forward proposals to address this issue, to which cllr Lammiman responded that she “personally wants to see it sorted as quickly as we can”, and that they were on the case.

To view the webcast of the cabinet meeting, head to moderngov.harrow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=249&MId=65745&Ver=4

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