Further to your recent article and subsequent letters last week, it is true that the controlled parking zone system makes matters worse for the people outside the zones who opposed it.
Each time a CPZ is installed, the displaced vehicles from that area creep to the next non-CPZ area and blight it. Residents are then forced to demand an extension.
However, if this Ealing Dean CPZ extends, the situation may become catastrophic for businesses. During the 2007 consultation for this CPZ traders and businesses in Northfield Avenue (NABTA) produced and submitted a petition to the council to consider the parking needs of their employees.
It was signed by thousands of their customers. This petition sank without trace. Nothing more was heard, save that councillors now exhort residents to use their local businesses.
Residents in CPZ debates usually overlook these business needs.
NABTA estimates that there are more than 1,000 business employees along Northfield Avenue, including many, like butchers and bakers, who start work very early in the morning before public transport is up and running.
But the current system of parking permits does not allow all those empty spaces throughout the day to be used by the workers from the shops and businesses, who will vacate those spaces at about the same time that residents return home from their work.
Local businesses are as much a part of the local community as the residents, supporting each other. Of course businesses are permitted a "working vehicle" permit at a cost 10 times the residents' parking rate for the same space.
But no allowance whatsoever is made for workers who maybe cannot afford to live in the queen of the suburbs and need to travel in.
CPZs were designed to allow local parking by excluding the all-day motorists who may leave their cars in Ealing and travel on using our many public transport facilities.
The system has achieved that aim to the detriment of ordinary working people who provide useful service to the rest of the community.
Please think about the consequences to local services of further CPZs. The council won't. They encourage all those £25, £50 and £250 permits and the enormous number of fines, to the tune of many millions per year. They then suggest you support the fewer and fewer shops that survive despite their ill-thought-out plans.
BRIAN J DAVIS