New Barnet residents have won a 10-year battle for parking justice.
They have finally been allocated permits for dedicated bays in a council car park near their homes.
East Barnet Labour councillor Philip Cohen took up their case after being elected in 2014. He recognised that the residents of East Barnet Road had nowhere to park on the busy road, as they had yellow lines outside their houses and no driveways or parking bays.
They wanted to be able to park in one of two nearby car parks when they returned from work, as the best solution, but were told that this was ‘not considered viable outside the context of a controlled parking zone’ in a council letter of 2006.
This very same facility has now been given to them as a result of countless letters and emails, attending the Chipping Barnet Residents Forum and Cllr Cohen raising the matter directly at the Environment Committee of the council.
Cllr Phil Cohen said: "I pay tribute to the residents for not giving up the fight when it would have been easier to do so. It has been very frustrating for them not being able to park near their homes as most of us would expect, and I am pleased they now have permits for dedicated parking bays round the clock, but especially in the evening when other drivers can park there for free."
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568