Barnet's Labour councillors are calling for action to stop large commercial vans from parking during the day and overnight, often for days at a time, in residential roads with no parking restrictions, saying it is "turning residential areas into car parks."
The growing practice occurring in areas across the borough prevents residents and their visitors from parking near their homes, deprives properties of daylight and obscures the front of buildings and pedestrians from view which makes people feel unsafe.
Mayfield Gardens in West Hendon is one of the streets affected, and local councillor Dr Devra Kay has now got agreement that a report on potential solutions will be brought back to a future Environment Committee.
Cllr Dr Devra Kay said: "Residents feel distressed, intimidated and helpless living with this situation and the lack of any measures to deal with it.
"Mayfield Gardens is plagued by vans taller than the residents and higher than the first storey of the houses that for several years have taken over the parking spaces in the road.
"People are told that such parking is entirely legal, and the process of installing a CPZ can take a year or even longer and it's not appropriate in all cases. Residents have complained repeatedly to the Council to no avail. We really need to find a solution to stop these vans turning residential areas into car parks."
1. A copy of Cllr Dr Kay's Member's Item on this issue to the Environment Committee on 15 March can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s38598/Members%20Items.pdf
For more information contact Cllr Dr Devra Kay: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568