Angry residents have hit out at new parking enforcement measures which have come into place in parts of Shepherd’s Bush .
Controlled parking zone (CPZs) in parts of the area were extended on Thursday (December 8), leaving people living on the affected roads angry and frustrated.
Parts of Zone J have been amended to Zone JJ, meaning restrictions have been extended from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday to 9am to 9pm daily.
Residents will have to pay for permits for visitors to use, after the CPZ was extended to deal with parking problems caused when QPR played at home at Loftus Road and by shoppers using Westfield shopping centre .
Sylvia Da Barca is one of those upset who lives with the new CPZ zone, in Stanlake Road.
She feels powerless and angry and said Shepherd’s Bush is being “gentrified”.
She said: “We pay our council tax, we pay an extortionate amount in mortgage and rent to live in London, and now we get this.”
She says the charges affect a range of people, from the elderly who rely on visits from friends and family, to parents with young children who rely on baby sitters.
Ms Da Barca says it will even impact her ability to host play dates for her four-year-old son.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council said the introduction of a Zone JJ was made following a public consultation.
In a letter to residents Cllr Wesley Harcourt, cabinet member for environment,transport and residents’ service, said: “You will recall we have been working with many local residents, businesses and associations in controlled parking zone (CPZ) J to develop a plan that protects resident parking from several conflicting pressures including Westfield shopping centre and QPR football matches, without damaging the feel of the neighbourhood.”
The council website goes on to say pay and display parking charges within Zone JJ is £1.10 per 30 minutes with a eight-hour maximum stay.
In a letter to Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Ms Da Barca says: “The new Zone J parking regulations has resulted in incremental parking fees to be paid by residents and their guests.
"This unfairly penalises residents from their pre-existing way of life and was not a unanimous or majority Zone J resident vote result.
“Residents should be protected with no change/no costs to their previous, pre-existing lifestyle within Zone J.”
She says under current rules each property is given one free permit per week to use on Sundays.
If more than one visitor comes on that day a charge of £1.10 per half hour will apply.
Ms Da Barca thinks households should be issued with two free visitor passes for use after 5pm on weekdays and all day weekends.
She added: “Mayfair, Little Venice, Portobello don’t have charges on a Sunday.
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