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Resident sees red over yellow lines

A RESIDENT of a street included in a new Controlled Parking Zone has slammed council chiefs over a lack of proper consultation.

Hartley Lopez was shocked and surprised to find that parking spaces near his home on St Leonards Road had been earmarked by Ealing Council for permit holders only almost 18 months after an initial consultation.

Mr Lopez told the Times this week: "We were consulted about it last year and most of the residents voted against it and then the next thing I know I come home from work and I've got an application form for a parking permit and the road has already been marked out.

"I was not consulted again about the implementation of the CPZ and I am quite cross about it."

He added: "I have lived in Ealing most of my life and I am appalled at the way Ealing Council has dealt with the CPZ scheme in my area."

The new CPZ in St Leonards Road and surrounding areas starts on Monday.

Mr Lopez will have to fork out £45 per year on a permit to park outside his home.

Ealing Council told the Times that consultations with residents in the area had taken place.

However, although the initial consultation included most of the residents in the area not all residents were included in a second consultation some time later.

In a written statement, a council spokesman said: "The first consultation regarding CPZs on Gordon Road and St Leonards Road was carried out in July 2001.

"The results went to Ealing area committee soon after and the committee advised that a further consultation was to be carried out in certain streets.

"In the second consultation only half of Gordon Road was consulted (up to the junction with St Leonards Road.

"The reason for this is that Ealing Area Committee advised to include St Leonards Road within the West Ealing CPZ (Home Zone) extension."

Mr Lopez lives just outside the second consultation area and was not included in it.

He added: "It's not fair and it's wrong. We are in the boundary for the CPZ so why wasn't I consulted? But there's nothing I can do now as it's already set to go ahead."

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